Dell Readies Low-Maintenance Westmere Servers

Everyone’s hopping on the Westmere bandwagon, it seems. With Intel’s Xeon 5600 processors coming to market, hardware vendors are lining up with new products built on the latest technology from the chip giant, and Dell’s no exception.

Server Watch has the story about Dell’s new line of Xeon-based servers, which aim to provide administrators with a headache-free maintenance experience.

Dell is leading the parade of x86 server vendors rolling out new hardware to coincide with the launch of Intel’s Xeon 5600 processor dubbed “Westmere.” The 32 nanometer server processor design runs faster and adds two more cores, yielding as much as a 60 percent performance improvement over the previous generation of Xeon chips.

However, server firms need more than speeds and feeds to compete, since they all have that selling point. In the case of Dell (NASDAQ: DELL), the company is pushing the ease of management with its servers, offering equipment administrators can deploy and not have to spend hours every day to keep it running.

That’s Dell’s pitch for its new PowerEdge server. The firm is introducing nine new blade, rack-mount and tower servers and three Dell Precision tower workstations on Tuesday, all running the new Xeon 5600. All come with the Dell Lifecycle Controller and Dell Management Console (DMC), which are designed to simplify management of the hardware.

“The CPU is an important ingredient to a server, but designing the right technologies around it are also important,” Bryan Payne, senior manager for PowerEdge product planning at Dell, told “Another issue customers tell us about is just managing their server environment is time-consuming and complex. From server management to updates to retirement, each step along the way has a lot of steps and takes people away from broader imperatives and serving their business.”

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