Dell, Cloud, and PowerEdge C

We have a raft of announcements coming out today, possibly the most significant amongst these are the new PowerEdge C-Series servers. More like custom build Data Center Solutions Servers, they feature and are power optimized for customers in HPC, Web 2.0, gaming, social networking, energy, SaaS providers and public and private cloud builders.

They are in three basic models:

  • PowerEdge C1100: high-memory, power-efficient, cluster-optimized compute node server
  • PowerEdge C2100: high performance data analytics, cloud compute platform and cloud storage server
  • PowerEdge C6100: 4-node cloud and cluster optimized shared infrastructure server

Perhaps significantly, one of the more important parts of this set of announcements are the turnkey cloud solutions comprised of pre-tested, pre-assembled and fully-supported hardware, software and services enabling customers easily and quickly to deploy and manage cloud infrastructures with confidence, taking much of the guesswork out of building and running efficient private and public clouds. This is a key theme of our “Efficient Enterprise” Strategy and best value solutions.

With no apologies to James Governor, would you like some meat for that burger? One of the first solutions will be a Dell Cloud solution for web applications. It’s a web application platform as a service (PaaS) solution, and is designed to address the key issues around web application development and deployment: unpredictable traffic, the fear of under-provisioning and migration from development to production. The solution will combine Dell cloud-optimized servers and services with fully-integrated Web application cloud software from Joyent.

More to come as today rolls on, but the formal press release for the cloud related announcements can be found here.

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I'm Mark Cathcart, formally a Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group; before that Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. Prior to that, I was IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I'm an information technology optimist.


I was a member of the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative Steering committee. Read more about it here.

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