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Dell unveils new PowerEdge rack-optimized and workgroup servers

Mar 26, 2001, 22:13 (0 Talkback[s])

PRESS RELEASE -- Dell today announced the next generation of its most popular and fastest growing PowerEdge servers for customers deploying Internet and intranet infrastructures, hosted applications and traditional applications, such as mail and file/print services.

The PowerEdge 2550, a 2U (3.5 inch) server designed for use in racked environments, such as corporate data centers, introduces enterprise-class technology features to the fastest growing segment of the server market. The PowerEdge 2500 is a tower-based server that offers additional expansion options for use in departments and work groups. The servers incorporate technology previously reserved for the high end of the marketplace, such as a new chipset for increased performance and embedded RAID for greater data redundancy. The PowerEdge 2550 is the first server in the industry to feature embedded Gigabit Ethernet for the fastest network performance available in any class server today.

The PowerEdge 2550 succeeds the PowerEdge 2450, which helped redefine the server market by delivering the performance and reliability found in much larger servers to a small form factor. Dell is the No. 2 provider of standard Intel architecture servers worldwide(b) and the PowerEdge 2450 was so well received by the company's customers that it showed the fastest sales growth among Dell's server products. The new PowerEdge 2550 provides the highest degrees of availability and expandability in a 2U form factor and is ideally suited for use as an application or Web server in tiered, datacenter infrastructures that are space conscious, but require availability and expansion capabilities.

The new PowerEdge 2550 and PowerEdge 2500 servers support dual Intel Pentium III processors -- up to 1GHz; feature a new chipset that supports three PCI buses -- two 64 bit and one 32-bit -- for faster throughput; up to 4 GB of RAM; and embedded dual channel RAID with battery backup for improved availability. In the PowerEdge 2550, this effectively delivers seven I/O connectivity outputs from the server within a small 2U form factor.

The PowerEdge 2550 offers up to five hot-plug, one-inch SCSI hard drives for up to 180GB of storage and an optional hot-plug redundant power supply, support for external Fibre Channel and SCSI storage expansion, high-availability clustering and an easy access chassis. The PowerEdge 2500 offers additional features including up to 8 hot-plug, one inch SCSI hard drives for up to 288GB storage and redundant hot-plug cooling fans, an optional hot-plug redundant power supply, and a new, smaller chassis designed for easy access and maximum aesthetic effect.

The PowerEdge 2550 and 2500 are scheduled to be available in April 2001; prices start at $2,399. The servers can be factory installed with Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 Server or Advanced Server operating systems, Novell NetWare 5.1 or Red Hat Linux 7.

Each Dell server ships with Dell's OpenManage software for systems management. This solution eases the installation and configuration of Dell PowerEdge and PowerApp servers, while enhancing system monitoring, enabling remote management, and helping organizations manage and track assets. Dell OpenManage supports Dell servers running all Microsoft Windows server operating systems, Novell Netware operating systems, and Red Hat Linux 6.2 and 7.

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