Dell overhauls its venerable server line

Dell Inc.'s PowerEdge server line, born in 1996, has entered its eighth generation and within a few months will be able to store a maximum 1.4T per unit on forthcoming 300G drives.

The four new dual-processor PowerEdge models'two rackmounts and two towers'are 'not just a speed bump,' said Tim Golden, PowerEdge marketing director.

Federal buyers like the two form factors about equally, he said, although rackmounts are more popular among Defense Department and national laboratory users who build Linux clusters.

The new servers, starting at $1,799 for the PowerEdge 1850, each have two 3.6-GHz Intel Xeon processors with Intel Corp.'s Extended Memory 64-bit Technology. That means they can work with either 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 or 32-bit Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and NetWare. Golden said most existing applications 'will see double performance.'

System memory starts at 8G and soon will double with forthcoming memory modules, he said. Other features include a faster PCI Express bus, a remote-access card for administrators and Dell's OpenManage 4 baseboard controllers.

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