Dell Updates Blade Server Offering

by admin January 21, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Dell is making up for lost time with its late entry into the blades market with an ambitious new design, both in the chassis and blades themselves.

The first point Dell wants to make about the PowerEdge M1000e series, unveiled Monday, is that it comes ready to run out of the box. Rather than being shipped in pieces, it was designed for shipment with all blades installed.

You can have it unboxed, plugged in and running in 15 minutes, said Rick Becker, vice president of solutions for Dell. “When we talk about making IT faster, we mean it by shipping the system preconfigured and ready to go out of the box,” he said.

Dell is claiming considerable power savings over similar blade solutions from HP’s BladeSystem c-Class and IBM’s BladeCenter. Dell plans to phase out its existing blade server line, the M1955, but the same OpenManage administrative tools to run the 1955 will also support the 1000e.

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