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Dell revamps PowerEdge line of servers

Reduced power consumption and improved IT management tools to highlight the new models

Bringing Intel’s latest Penryn chip to its servers, Dell on Monday is expected to revamp the PowerEdge line of servers with new hardware and nomenclature to identify servers.

The servers are designed to consume less power and include system management tools to better manage IT tasks, said Sally Stevens, director of PowerEdge servers at Dell.

At the top of the new servers will be the PowerEdge R900 rack server, which includes Intel’s Penryn-based 5400 processor and has tools to “simplify IT” by reducing the time, resources and money involved in maintaining IT environments, Stevens said. The server is targeted at enterprises and data centres.

The server includes OpenManage 5.3, a new version of the systems management software with new tools to better manage virtual environments and power consumption, said Kevin Libert, senior manager of software solutions at Dell. The company will further detail OpenManage 5.3 features later this week.

Dell also provides customization features for R900 customers by tuning servers directly to maximize application performance, Libert said. Customers will be able to customize their systems based on reference architecture and specification sheets provided by Dell, said Libert.

Dell also announced new PowerEdge R200 and PowerEdge T105 servers. The R200, an Intel-based system, is designed to meet cluster and network computing needs, according to Dell. The T105 is an entry-level, Advanced Micro Devices-based server targeted at small businesses looking to host e-mail, file-sharing or Web applications.

The company will begin taking orders for the servers this week, a Dell spokesman said. Pricing information was not available.