PC manufacturer Dell has introduced a new line of eighth generation multi-processor PowerEdge servers based on Intel’s latest Xeon processors. The new processors feature what Intel calls Extended Memory 64-bit Technology (EM64T) and offer improved performance for existing 32-bit applications as well as supporting new high-end 64-bit software. The key advantage of new 64-bit systems is that they are capable of using far more memory than current 32-bit processors which are limited to 4Gb, allowing them to run considerable more powerful software applications.

The range incorporates two new tower models (PowerEdge 1800 and 2800) with rack mounted variants (1850 and 2850) of each. The PowerEdge 1800 is the model most likely to be of interest to small business users, offering access to 64-bit processing and other leading edge technologies such as DDR-2 memory and PCI Express in an entry-level system which starts at £599.

For this generation of servers Dell says it has concentrated on standardising the components it uses in all of the machines in the range. This kind of design consistency is important for organisations that want to deploy larger numbers of the servers as it allows them to reduce support and running costs.

Steve Lewis, enterprise systems director of Dell UK said “Standardised Dell systems are the backbone of customers’ IT infrastructure. The ability to now run applications that require larger memory on these systems will increase their confidence to unplug proprietary UNIX servers and deploy Dell systems.”

Also this month Dell announced a new support package designed for its larger customers. The ‘Platinum Enterprise Services’ package will offer more options than the existing ‘Gold Enterprise Services – such as the ability to get blanket site support and to work with a dedicated technical account manager.

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