SAN JOSE: Dell announced its PowerEdge VRTX server that it claims combines a rack worth of servers, storage and networking equipment into a single 5U machine.
The firm's continued focus on its server business is starting to pay off with Gartner reporting that Dell's server revenue growth is outpacing HP and IBM. Now the firm has announced its PowerEdge VRTX server in a bid to consolidate a rack's worth of equipment into a single machine for small businesses.
Forrest Norrod, VP of Dell Server Solutions, said its PowerEdge VRTX server would cut down on the work associated with deploying and managing a rack of servers that included compute, storage and network equipment. However Norrod added: "It is not a data centre in a box, but does bring a full complement of IT infrastructure in one box."
The company did not reveal too many low-level technical details of the PowerEdge VRTX server but said the unit can handle 48TB using both 3.5in and 2.5in hard drives. The firm also revealed that the system can utilise a total of four compute blades and Norrod said the blades would be the same as those Dell offer in its PowerEdge M1000e server.
Norrod did however say that the PowerEdge VRTX was intended in many ways to be treated as an appliance as it is not designed to be used as part of a cluster as the user's needs grow. He said the PowerEdge VRTX unit is not designed to interconnect, although users could increase storage capacity by connecting external drive arrays, but Norrod added that the PowerEdge VRTX "is not designed to be tiled in a homogeneous data centre".
Norrod said Dell had been working with 200 firms in early testing of the PowerEdge VRTX, though would not reveal when the server would be released. Due to the multitude of configuration options, Norrod said a PowerEdge VRTX server, shown in the video below, could cost from anything between $10,000 to $30,000.
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