Dell's big push with the new PowerEdge blade servers is due to new performance figures that, according to Dell, demonstrate:
Those models aren't the entire lineup, however. Dell is also featuring two new rack units, the PowerEdge R715 and a compact 2U R815 unit.
- Dell PowerEdge M915 blade servers achieve world-record power efficiency and outperform HP’s Proliant BL685c G7 blade servers by up to 8 percent.
- The Dell PowerEdge C6145 can deliver up to 281 percent more performance per U compared the HP Proliant DL980 G7, in a quarter of the rack space.
Dell is pushing the new blade servers as the ideal candidate for boosting application performance and application availability. And with the servers running AMD Opteron 6200 series CPUs, Dell promises they also can tackle private cloud and virtualization needs or even enterprise-level tasks.
AMD servers can have up to 16 cores per processor, and in the case of the PowerEdge C6145, up to 128 cores. Naturally, Dell is aiming for the more price-conscious space by using AMD CPUs, but no definitive prices have been given. The VAR Guy encourages partners to check out Dell's release for a few more interesting performance figures (and the fine print on Dell's benchmarking).
Meanwhile, HP continues its own unique server assault with Project Moonshot, which aims to develop future servers using ARM, Atom and other mobile CPUs for power saving and data center consolidation. The VAR Guy is sure Dell will fight HP there, too.