Dell Rolls Out New Virtualized Data Center Offerings

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 05-09-2011
Dell is rolling out a host of server, networking and storage offerings designed to give businesses more tools as they look to increase their virtualization capabilities.

Key among the new products is the PowerEdge M915, which is powered by Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron 6100 Series processors, which offer up to 12 cores. The core count is important to businesses looking to grow their use of virtualization because the more cores there are, the more virtual machines can be hosted on that single physical machine, according to Robert Bradfield, senior product manager for blade marketing at Dell.

"There are a lot of cores," Bradfield said in an interview with eWEEK. "You can get up to 48 cores in a single blade."

That could grow later this year when AMD starts shipping its "Interlagos" Opterons, which will offer up to 16 cores. The PowerEdge M915, which will be available later this month, will be able to run on the Interlagos chips.

The PowerEdge M915, can be bought in two- or four-socket models, and it offers up to 512GB of RAM in its 32 DIMM (dual-in-line memory module) slots and 2 terabytes of storage. It is aimed at either highly virtualized environments or for compute-intensive workloads, such as databases. There are also two SAS or SSD (solid-state disk) hot-swappable drives, and businesses also can get Dell's PowerEdge Failsafe Hypervisor technology, which offers greater failover protection via embedded hypervisors.

Dell has outfitted several servers with AMD's Opteron 6100 "Magny-Cours" chips. In February, the vendor announced the PowerEdge C6145 server, which is powered by the chips and is aimed at the high-performance computing and hyper-scale markets.

In addition, Dell is also incorporating a NIC (network interface card) partitioning technology in its blade systems that are switch-independent, enabling NIC partitioning on the Dell servers using anyone's switch infrastructure, Bradfield said. With the new product, each physical 10 Gigabit Ethernet port can be divided into up to four NICs totaling 10 Gbit, and can be used in both physical and virtual environments.

The switch-independence of the NIC is a key differentiator from those of other vendors, whose NICs tend to require that you also use that vendor's networking switches.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Dell Unveils New Server, Networking for Virtualized Data Centers.