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Dell launches Energy Star PowerEdge servers: News in brief

In today's news in brief, Dell launched its first PowerEdge servers that meet the EPA's Energy Star server specifications, IDC delivers grim server sales prediction and more.

Dell launches Energy Star certified PowerEdge servers
Dell's new PowerEdge R610 and R710 servers are the company's first to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star specifications for servers.

Dell worked with the EPA to develop the new energy-efficiency specification for servers, which were released in May, and claims to be the first major vendor to certify entire platforms under the server specification.

In addition, Dell chose the default power management settings to meet the EPA's requirements for Energy Star compliance for OptiPlex platforms, which have been available since 2003. The Round Rock, Texas-based vendor also reduced the amount of time required by the EPA for Energy Star compliance from 30 minutes of inactivity to 15 minutes for the computer to enter the low-power mode.

Top 500 List shows increase in Intel-based supercomputers
The 33rd annual Top500 List of Supercomputers was posted this week, with IBM and Cray systems in the top spots and more systems using Intel chips.

The Roadrunner system at the Los Alamos National Laboratory at the Department of Energy (DOE) still holds the top spot, with 1.105 petaflops per second and remains one of the most energy-efficient systems on the list. The Cray XT5 Jaguar system installed at the DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is in second place, reaching 1.059 petaflop/s.

Highlights include: Hewlett-Packard has a narrow lead in market share by total systems over IBM, but IBM remains tops in overall installed performance. Cray's XT system series is very popular for big customers with 10 systems in the Top 50.

Nearly 80% of the systems run Intel processors, an increase from 75.8% six months ago, and Intel provides processors for the largest share of Top500 systems. IBM Power processors are the second most common processor family, used in 11% of the listed supercomputers; followed by AMD Opteron, which runs 8.6% of systems.

IDC updates grim EMEA server forecast
Server revenue in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) will decline by 39.3% in the second quarter of 2009 as compared with the year-ago period, to $2.9 billion, according to IDC's EMEA Quarterly Server Forecast released yesterday.

This fall will mark the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year spending decline, and a deterioration of server sales in the region, which already recorded a 34.3% revenue decline in the first quarter of 2009. IDC forecasts that the second quarter of 2009 will represent the biggest annual server declines in both revenue and units, with the number of boxes shipped standing at less than half a million, a decrease of nearly 30%.

That said, IDC expects x86 revenue to fare slightly better than the rest of the market, with revenue declining to single digits by the first quarter of 2010 based on demand for blade servers and infrastructure consolidation.

Volume-server growth will be more gradual, with revenue slowly picking up from $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2009 to $1.7 billion in the third quarter, returning to positive growth in the second quarter of 2010. Midrange and high-end servers will not return to annual revenue increases until the first quarter of 2011, IDC reported.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Bridget Botelho, News Writer.

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