Dell wants its piece of the fast-growing blade server market, and is introducing a new blade server line and channel training and certification to make it happen.
Dell, Round Rock, Texas, on Monday unveiled its new PowerEdge M-Series blade server chassis and blades, and said it compares favorably in terms of power consumption and performance with offerings from arch-rivals Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, Calif., and IBM, Armonk, N.Y.
The PowerEdge M-Series blade servers are based on a 10U chassis which supports up to 16 half-height blades, said Mike Roberts, senior product planning manager for the line. Later this year, Dell will also offer full-height blades for the chassis, Roberts said.
Dell is offering two types of blades. The M600 blades support one or two quad-core Intel Xeon processors, while the M605 blades support one or two quad-core AMD Opteron processors. Both include two processor sockets.
The chassis has an integrated LCD panel to aid in troubleshooting and integration, as well as an integrated KVM switch. Clients can either use that KVM switch, or plug the chassis into their own rack-mount KVM switch, Roberts said.
Also included is Dell's FlexIO switch technology which allows the included Gbit Ethernet switch to be easily swapped out for 10-Gbit Ethernet or Cisco (NSDQ:CSCO) InfiniBand connectivity, Roberts said. Customers can also add one of three Cisco LAN switches and two Brocade 4-Gbit Fibre Channel switches, he said.
Dell is also focusing on the green side of the IT industry, said Albert Esser, vice president of power and cooling infrastructure for the vendor.
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