Dell Powers Virtualisation With AMD Opteron Processors

Computer maker Dell continues to move into the server virtualisation market by announcing a new four-blade server which comes with 48 processor cores.

The company said that the new PowerEdge M915 blade will be based on AMD’s Opteron 6100 processors, PC World reveals. The server will also be able to support the sixteen-core "Interlagos" Opteron processor that AMD is expected to launch in the third quarter.

Dell says that a large number of processor cores will allow clients to run more virtualised machines and heavier applications like databases thanks to the back-up provided by up to 512GB memory and two SAS or SSD hard drives.

The new server will come with four 10-gigabit Ethernet ports. Expand the ports to six and data transfer rate will rise to 120 Gbps, the company said.

Dell has already begun taking pre-orders for the new server, which comes with a starting price of £2,150 for a diskless configuration.

Dell is committed to expanding beyond its core business of making and selling consumer PCs and laptops. Apart from enterprise server gear, Dell has ventured into the realm of Smartphones running on Windows Phone 7 and Android and even tablet devices.