Dell Unveils Nehalem-based Workstations, Servers

Dell has launched a number of servers and workstations based on Intel's new Nehalem processor as it plans to make the most of market uncertainty and the current economic conditions.

With news that Sun Microsystems might be acquired by IBM and Cisco's open ambitions to enter the server market with panache, Dell has presented 14 new products and 6 services.

The servers and workstations are based on the Xeon 5500 family server CPU. Three new Precision T series have been announced (although they have yet to appear on Dell.co.uk) with the cheapest, the T3500 costing as little as $999 and supporting up to 24GB RAM.

Dell's new workstation range will come with an eSATA port, up to 1.5TB of internal space (ed : does that mean that Dell will not offer RAID-0 or hard disks bugger than 1.5TB?), Displayport connectors and will be compliant with the Energy Star 5.0 standard. Expect the new Precisions to be faster, cooler, less expensive and more manageable than the previous generation.

The Austin-based company has also showcased a new range of enterprise-grade storage arrays which it gained after the acquisition of Equallogic. Of the five models that were presented, the P6000S is the most intriguing as it is the only one that comes with solid state drives although, at $25,000, it is nearly 50 percent more expensive than EqualLogic's cheapest array.

As for the servers, Dell delivered a double punch thanks to its 11th generation of Poweredge servers as well as some great looking M-series blade servers. On top of the new models, a number of smaller but significant services will be added in order to reduce the total cost of ownership.

For example, Dell will offer ImageDirect with its servers which allows the machine to come with a pre-loaded image. This negates the need to have in-house IT people manually configuring each server, a daunting, time consuming and expensive task.

This, according to Brad Anderson, Dell’s senior vice president in charge of enterprise products (and reported by Cnet) is all part of the "new Dell" which sees “cost isn’t just hardware and services, but the personnel around it.”

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Our Comments

Dell has rarely made so much fuss about "uncool/unsexy" hardware and solutions. After all, workstations and servers are not what you would call the most visible part of technology. Yet, Dell's motives are set by the recent developments in the world of tech. With Cisco, Sun, HP and IBM in combat mode, it is almost as important to do as to be seen as doing, which is exactly what the company is doing.

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