Dell Begins AMD Server Push

By Andy Patrizio (Send Email)
Posted Oct 24, 2006


Dell Monday expanded its high-performance computing offerings to include two dual-core AMD Opteron based PowerEdge servers. Dell's Opteron-based servers have arrived. The powerful and energy efficient PowerEdge 6950 and PowerEdge SC1435 are designed to meet SMBs' HPC needs.

The servers were unvieled at Oracle's Open World conference.

In his address to conference attendees, Dell founder and Chairman Michael Dell touted the new servers as more powerful and energy efficient than previous offerings.

The Dell PowerEdge 6950 is a four-socket server designed for high-end tasks, such as database and server consolidation. It consumes up to 20 percent less power than previous-generation four-socket PowerEdge servers.

The PowerEdge SC1435 is a two-socket, rack-dense server optimized for high-performance compute clusters for use in Web servers and small- to midsize businesses. The PowerEdge SC1435 can deliver performance-per-watt improvements of up to 138 percent over previous rack servers.

These new servers are very important for Dell, as it finally has a competitive product line in the high-performance area, according to Martin Reynolds, senior analyst with Gartner.

The problem, he said, is that old 4-way systems with Intel processors didn't offer very good performance because they all used the same shared bus.

With the new Opteron line, a 4-way system is truly like four 1-way computers. "Which is good news for power and efficiency," he said.

"Over the past year, Opteron has really displaced Intel in the 4-way market. "From a strategic perspective, this was the product that Dell needed the most. It gives them 4-way performance that's compelling."

Dell told conference attendees his company is well aware of the demands of enterprise customers.

"Dell and Oracle are trusted partners," said Dell. "There are over 12,000 Dell PowerEdge servers at Oracle and we run our business on Oracle and Linux [software]."

He also said Dell is committed to driving Linux "further into the data center."

A very campy animation preceding his remarks featured cartoon characters of Dell, and several tech CEOs including Oracle's Larry Ellison, AMD's Hector Ruiz, Intel's Paul Otellini, and EMC's Joe Tucci singing about the evils of "Proprietaryville."

The cartoon's lyrics included such dubious claims as "AMD and Intel get together so well, because everyone's friends when they partner with Dell."

After the logos for Sun's Solaris and HP's OpenView flashed by, the Dell character was heard to say, "Let's kick some proprietary ass."

Dell also announced that it and Oracle have integrated Dell OpenManage and Oracle Enterprise Manager to offer a combined, simplified management system for Oracle applications.

The integration of Dell OpenManage and Oracle Enterprise Manager will support system discovery and reporting, hardware health monitoring, cross-platform system event notification and event-driven policy execution.

The PowerEdge 6950 and PowerEdge SC1435 are available now at starting prices of $6,499 and $1,299, respectively.

David Needle contributed to this article.

This article was originally published on internetnews.

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