Dell celebrates 20th anniversary of its PowerEdge servers

  • Now holds No 2 position in x86 server market, which itself has grown 600%
  • Announces three new modules for Dell PowerEdge FX converged architecture
Dell celebrates 20th anniversary of its PowerEdge servers

DELL Inc recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its PowerEdge servers, saying that in 1995, only 5% of its revenue came from server sales, and it had just 3% market share, ranking seventh in server unit shipments, according to Dataquest data.
Today, it holds the No 2 position in the global x86 server market, a market that has grown more than 600% since 1996.
Dell currently has 21% unit share, is the only top-three server vendor to gain worldwide unit share year over year, according to IDC, and is growing its server portfolio at more than two times the pace of the industry, it said in a statement.
IPServerOne, a Malaysian-based webhosting solutions provider, wanted to expand its hosting solutions to include a cloud offering and needed high-performance servers that were quick to deploy, power efficient and easy to maintain in-house.
To do so, the hosting company deployed Dell PowerEdge R730 servers to deliver the optimal price-performance for its cloud hosting services.
“The biggest difficulty for customers moving to the cloud is that they need a lot of support to do so,” said IPServerOne founder Lee Cheung Loong.
“Because of this, we designed a cloud environment based on Dell’s latest generation of PowerEdge servers that will be easier for customers to adopt and for our engineers to support.
“With over 2,000 servers, systems management is critical to our business – we need to know the exact location of the problem and if it isn’t handled properly we risk massive data loss.
“With higher levels of automation and remote management options, this level of insight is something Dell offers better than the competition,” he said in the statement issued by Dell.
Dell introduced the Dell PowerEdge FX converged architecture last November. The Dell PowerEdge FX portfolio will now include three new modules to offer enterprises even more options for changing application demands.
This gives customers even more ability to add or swap IT building blocks into a 2U converged infrastructure chassis, Dell said.
The new building blocks include:

  • PowerEdge FD332: A half-width storage block that provides up to 16 direct-attached small form factor (SFF) storage devices (meaning customers can provision up to 48 SFF storage devices in a 2U FX2 chassis) that enables dense, highly-flexible, scale-out solutions.
  • PowerEdge FC430: A quarter-width, half-height server block that has the ability to host applications in smaller, physically discrete servers to minimise the risk of system failures.
  • PowerEdge FC830: A full-width, half-height 4-socket server block that runs a wide range of database driven, mission critical applications for midsize and large businesses. It is powered by up to four next-generation multi-core Intel Xeon processors, has 3TB of memory, up to 8 PCIe expansion slots, up to sixteen 1.8-inch SATA flash drives or eight 2.5-inch drives, a dual-port 10Gb SNA and support for Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSDs.
Dell celebrates 20th anniversary of its PowerEdge servers

“With PowerEdge FX, Dell gives customers more freedom than ever to build the converged infrastructure they need to solve business needs of today and into the future,” said Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, vice president and general manager of Dell Server Solutions.
“By providing customers greater business agility and offering even more ways to optimise the building blocks of server, storage and networking to their workloads, we will continue to build on the great momentum we have seen to date with customers, partners and influencers,” he added.
The Dell PowerEdge FC430 and FD332 are available now through Dell and its channel partners. The Dell PowerEdge FC830 will be available in June 2015.
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