Dell unveils full-stack IT solution with 10GbE throughout

Launches 12-gen PowerEdge servers, vStart private cloud solution

27 February 2012 by Yevgeniy Sverdlik - DatacenterDynamics

Dell unveils full-stack IT solution with 10GbE throughout
PowerEdge R820 rack server, one of Dell’s 12th-generation servers. Image courtesy of Dell.

Dell announced an end-to-end IT infrastructure solution for enterprises that includes its 12th generation PowerEdge servers Monday. In addition to servers, the stack includes Dell’s storage and networking products, interconnected by 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking throughout.

The announcement included two new EqualLogic storage arrays, a new virtual-network architecture, a desktop-virtualization appliance, a data warehouse appliance and a pre-integrated private-cloud solution.

Forrest Norrod, general manager of Dell’s server platform division, said that while the end-to-end IT solution’s Dell-made components were optimized to work with each other, they were all compatible with other vendors’ products.

Praveen Asthana, VP of enterprise solutions and strategy at Dell, said the solution could run key applications like business intelligence and database as much as 10 times faster than the company’s previous-generation offerings.

In addition to performance, Dell focused on simplifying and accelerating deployment in developing the new set of products.

Best servers Dell has ever built

The company said the 12-gen PowerEdge machines were the “most powerful and easy to manage servers” in its history. The announcement included blade, rack and tower PowerEdge servers. All three types are optimized for mission-critical applications.

The servers feature Dell’s Express Flash technology: hot-swappable, front accessible PCIe solid state disks connected directly to the server. This is Fluid Data Architecture Dell previously used in storage being extended to servers.

Dell says its internal tests showed that this provided up to 10.5 times more Microsoft SQL Server transactions per second than traditional hard-disk-drive storage.

The new servers ran Oracle Database queries up to 28 times quicker in testing thanks to Dell’s CacheCade data accelerator, Dell said.

With the next generation of PowerEdge servers, Dell built on its previously existing system-management capabilities, extending them to add deployment management, updating, monitoring and maintenance of the server lifecycle. This is the second generation of Dell’s embedded management tools.

These new management tools are what gives the new systems their speed of deployment.

“If you roll out new infrastructure … you want to be able to get that value fairly quickly,” Norrod said. With the 12-gen machinesm “you’re able to migrate your workload and your applications onto the new infrastructure in a matter of hours.”

Dell also unveiled an integrated stack designed specifically to deploy private clouds. Called vStart, it simplifies and speeds time to market for a cloud infrastructure. “You can deploy a private cloud of the right size in your data center in a matter of days,” Norrod said about vStart.

One of the new EqualLogic storage arrays is for mid-size deployments with multiple servers, and the other is an entry-point 10 Gibabit Ethernet array.

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