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Dell PowerEdge R900 designed for virtualization, Oracle

With Intel Xeon processors and loads of memory, Dell's latest PowerEdge servers are a natural for intensive workloads like Oracle and virtualization.

Dell Inc.'s chunky new PowerEdge R900 server featuring Intel Corp.'s quad-core Xeon 7300 series chips is the company's highest-performing rack server to date and one of many new PowerEdge offerings available later this month.

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The new 4U PowerEdge R900 server is designed to run mission-critical enterprise databases and applications, like Oracle Database 10g Release 2; which is being highlighted at Oracle's OpenWorld conference in San Francisco this week.

The PowerEdge R900 is also a robust host for virtualization software like VMware Inc.'s ESX Server, Citrix Systems Inc.'s XenServer or the newly launched Oracle VM with its added memory capacity, 16 processor cores, and up to 32 dual in-line memory module slots, said Daniel Bounds, senior manager for Dell's PowerEdge server line.

Users can view in real time how the system is operating from a power standpoint, as well as virtual machine monitoring.
Daniel Bounds,
senior manager, PowerEdge servers Dell Inc.

PowerEdge will be available worldwide by the end of November and will include the latest version of Dell's management software, the OpenManage 5.3 systems management suite, which will be released Nov. 20.

The OpenManage suite includes power management features and virtual machine monitoring. "We added standards-based power monitoring capabilities that link into OpenManage 5.3, so users can view in real time how the system is operating from a power standpoint, as well as virtual machine monitoring. Both are standard features now, where other vendors charge extra for those options," said Bounds.

The servers also have improved data security through the Trusted Computing Group's Trusted Platform Module, which is on the motherboard.

Dell's aim with the new PowerEdge server is to "Simplify IT": the company's latest mantra.

For instance, Dell customer Sportsman's Warehouse is consolidating an eight-server SQL Server environment down to a cluster of two Dell PowerEdge R900 servers to abridge their IT infrastructure, cut licensing costs and reduce server management time.

James Staten, a principal analyst at Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research Inc. said Dell's new PowerEdge servers are competitive with rival offerings from Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM Corp. "With the enhancements to their DRAC [Dell Remote Access Card] and management software [OpenManage] Dell has caught up in many respects. [These are] strong offerings for Q4."

Dell ranked second following HP in server shipments in 2006, according to Stamford, Conn.-based research firm Gartner Inc.

Dell's PowerEdge updates
In addition to the R900, Dell updated its PowerEdge and PowerEdge Energy Smart 1950, 2950 and 2900 offerings based on Intel low-voltage processors.

Additionally, Dell is introducing two new entry-level servers. The Dell PowerEdge R200 is an entry-level, rack server with a multicore processor, and the Dell PowerEdge T105 is an entry-level one-socket tower model designed for small-business applications like email and Web servers.

The R900 starting price is $8,299.

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