Dell Unveils New Enterprise Solutions

Company adds native support for 10 gigabit Ethernet throughout Dell’s server, storage, and networking lines.

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Dell today announced at events worldwide a suite of powerful new enterprise solutions to help customers deliver results faster. Organizations today are dealing with quickly changing and often unpredictable demands and require end-to-end IT solutions that allow them to respond rapidly to customer needs. With this announcement, Dell is delivering an end-to-end IT platform that raises the bar on customer-centric innovation which provides simplified management, increased performance and superior long term value.

“Customers tell us they want a high-performance infrastructure that is easy to manage and helps them quickly deliver business outcomes. Today we are introducing a new set of data center infrastructure solutions that share key capabilities across our entire portfolio, from servers to storage to networking,” said Brad Anderson, President of Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell.

“We accomplished this through a combination of strategic acquisitions such as Force10 and customer-centric engineering of our new 12th Generation PowerEdge servers and storage platforms, delivering an integrated infrastructure with a common, high-performance network fabric. When combined with the second generation of embedded systems management in our servers, Dell is delivering one of the most robust and easy-to-manage data center infrastructures in the industry.”

Dell announced a full portfolio of 12th Generation blade, rack, and tower PowerEdge servers optimized to run mission-critical business applications. The new Dell PowerEdge servers work seamlessly with Dell’s storage and networking products and deliver innovations such as:

  • Turning data into insights faster: Dell lays the foundation to extend its Fluid Data Architecture to the server. With Dell Express Flash -- front-accessible, hot-swappable PCIe solid state disks connected directly to the server -- Dell can process more Microsoft SQL Server transactions per second than HDD storage. Dell CacheCade data accelerator can provide quicker queries on Oracle Databases.

  • Streamlining and automating essential systems management tasks: Dell extends its systems management capabilities with its 2nd generation of embedded server management tools that efficiently manage the deployment, updating, monitoring, and maintenance of server life cycle. Dell’s new PowerEdge servers deliver bare-metal deployment and provisioning that requires engineer time and fewer manual steps. This extension of Dell’s systems management capabilities is expected to build on functionality in its 11th generation of servers, which reduce Vitacore customers’ systems administrator time.

  • Driving energy efficiency to bring a breath of fresh air to the data center: Building on Dell’s history of enabling energy efficient data centers with Microsoft Bing and others, Dell is bringing a breath of fresh air to all data centers with its 12th Generation PowerEdge Servers. With Dell fresh air IT equipment, a data center can realize an estimated (US) $3,000,000 in capital expenditures.

Dell Storage Arrays Offer higher-performance, Flexible, Small Footprint to Easily Manage Data and Costs

Dell also announced the next-generation EqualLogic PS Series storage arrays, which combine fast networking bandwidth with increased storage capacity in a smaller footprint than previous generations.

The EqualLogic PS6110 series is designed for mid-sized deployments with multiple physical or virtual servers. These arrays are configured with both optical (SFP+) and copper (10GBASE-T) 10GbE networking, supporting data center flexibility. With up to 72 terabytes in a single array and 1.2 petabytes in a single group, customers can easily scale when needed by adding additional arrays into an existing EqualLogic group without downtime or forklift upgrades.

The EqualLogic PS4110 series is Dell’s first 10GbE EqualLogic entry-point array that can provide the same benefits and features as PS6110 Series. The series is designed for smaller deployments and remote office locations. The systems support up to 36 terabytes in a single array and 72 terabytes in a single group.

Dell’s Virtual Network Architecture Complements Server and Storage Announcements

Dell’s Virtual Network Architecture (VNA) is an open framework for virtualizing, automating, and orchestrating network services in data center, campus, and branch environments. Dell Virtual Network Architecture provides for an end-to-end 10GbE framework, which includes 10GbE Top-of-Rack and 10/40GbE distributed core fabrics.

Delivering Faster Results with Optimized Virtualization Platforms

Dell unveiled vStart for Dell Private Cloud, which is designed to help businesses rapidly deploy their own private cloud. vStart for Dell Private Cloud will enable businesses to accelerate application and IT service delivery through a converged, pre-built infrastructure which includes the new 12th Generation PowerEdge server, storage, networking, and management components.

Desktops Delivered According to Business Requirements

Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions are designed to help customers simplify PC management and enhance security. Dell announced two desktop virtualization offerings: Desktop Virtualization Solution Simplified and Desktop Virtualization Solution Enterprise.

Dell Desktop Virtualization Solution Simplified is an integrated appliance pre-configured with software and hypervisor components designed to remove the traditional cost and complexity of deploying smaller desktop virtualization solutions. Desktop Virtualization Solution Enterprise is designed to scale to thousands of virtual desktop users while reducing initial acquisition costs enabling deployments to start with as few as 50 seats.

Business Intelligence: Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance

Dell unveiled the Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance that will help mid-market and departmental users easily organize, access, and analyze data, enabling them to take advantage of business intelligence to make more informed decisions. The data warehousing appliance, which is based on the new Dell PowerEdge servers and Microsoft SQL Server 2012, will leverage Dell Boomi for data integration.

Availability

The Dell EqualLogic PS6110 and Dell EqualLogic PS4110 Series storage arrays are available today, as are both Dell Desktop Virtualization solutions and Dell Networking 10GbE solutions. Dells 12th Generation PowerEdge Servers will be available in the near future.



Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance is now in beta and will be available in Q2, as will Dell Private cloud. More information is available at www.dell.com.