Dell Introducing New Generation of Microservers

By Cindy Waxer March 22, 2011

Dell is gearing up to roll out its new line of low-power micro servers. Originally created on a custom basis for dedicated hosters, Dell plans to bring its one-socket PowerEdge C5220 and C5125 servers to the mainstream market.

Also known as microservers, Dell’s machines are designed for customers looking to host Web, print, content or file servers, according to a report by Compterworld. But the real boon, touts Dell’s executives, is that these servers offer better performance-per-watt than traditional servers.

According to the company, the PowerEdge C5125 and C5220 come with up to 12 server nodes in 3U chassis supporting both AMD and Intel architectures, respectively. Additional features on both microservers include 4 x DDR3 UDIMMS, 2 x 3.5-inch or 4 x 2.5-inch HDDs, 2 x GbE ports, IPMI 2.0 management, iKVM, individually serviceable nodes, as well as a shared power and cooling infrastructure.

But that’s not all. Not all situations demand multi-core CPU architecture and extensive virtualization. By providing low-cost dedicated servers where one CPU can run single applications, Dell’s PowerEdge C-line of machines promises to be a better fit for building out shared and cloud computing infrastructures by allowing applications to run on individual dedicated physical servers.

“Over the last four years, we’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest data center operators in the world, whose complex environments require optimal efficiency,” says Andy Rhodes, executive director of marketing for Dell Data Center Solutions, in a press statement. “Our new PowerEdge C microservers further solidify our position as the premier vendor of specialized server solutions, leveraging our experience working with this unique set of customers and placing that power into the hands of a broader customer base including Web hosting and IT service providers.”

Edited by Tammy Wolf

TechZone360 Contributing Editor

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