Dell has launched the first rack-optimised server offering dual Intel Xeon processors.
The PowerEdge 2650 is a 2U form factor server designed for email, file/print and web serving. It can also be used for high performance computing clusters, storage area networks and small-scale, departmental database applications.
The server supports Dell's embedded remote access technology, which provides a dedicated port that can be used to remotely manage the server regardless of its operating status. Customers can access remote-management features through a web browser interface providing anytime, anywhere status of any PowerEdge server on the network.
Other features include up to 6GB of memory and five hot-plug SCSI hard drives for total internal storage of up to 365GB.
"A lot of the technology from higher end products has been introduced to the mid to low end of the range," said Martin Boyce, head of product marketing group for Dell UK and Ireland. "With server consolidation in the current climate, an affordable price is a key differential. Our starting price is just £2,000."
Thomas Meyer, manager of the European Server Group at IDC, also considers the 2650's price as an important factor. "It's a good value product that fleshes out Dell's product range," he said. "I'm not sure it will revolutionise anything, but power-hungry applications will benefit, particularly with the rack-optimised form factor."
According to IDC, worldwide shipments for rack-optimised, Intel-based servers grew 45 per cent from 2000 to 2001. The analyst organisation also forecasts that dual-processor servers will represent 64 per cent of all rack-optimised servers shipped this year.
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