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Dell Power Solutions



Dell Power Solutions is your one-stop shop in today's complex IT environment. It offers a forum to help you discover solutions that work, learn best practices from peers, review customer success stories, and examine real-life deployments in the emerging a



Published: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 17:00:00 CST

Last Build Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 17:00:00 CST

Copyright: Copyright 2006 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.
 



Systems Management Simplified

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

The new Dell



Implementing Best Practices: The Dell Management Console and ITIL

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

In enterprise IT environments, efficient systems management processes can be critical to success. Effective management tools must provide broad support for different devices and technologies while still delivering powerful capabilities. To help meet these needs, Dell has partnered with Symantec to develop its new systems management solution: the Dell



Migrating to the New Dell Management Console

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

IT organizations often struggle to efficiently manage a large number of systems while still maintaining a secure environment—and deploying hardware, firmware, and software updates in these environments can be fraught with challenges. Efficiently managing system updates requires using a management solution that can scale and automate update deployment in a reliable way. To help meet this need, Dell and Microsoft have collaborated to simplify and accelerate hardware configuration and deployment through an integrated solution that combines Microsoft






Dell Update Deployment Using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

Organizations are constantly faced with the challenge of accommodating increasing amounts of data, increasing numbers of devices and users, and increasingly powerful servers to support critical applications—all while controlling data center costs for power, cooling, and other operations. How IT staff utilize and structure rack enclosures, power distribution units (PDUs), and other accessories can play a key role in helping meet these challenges and support green IT strategies. The new Dell



Dell Power Solutions Entire Issue, March 2009 (21MB)

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

Systems management frameworks have been notoriously complex to implement, often failing to deliver on expectations for an easy-to-manage, enterprise-wide console view of the server infrastructure. The root causes of a failed deployment can encompass a broad range of issues. However, because frameworks are nothing more than a suite of software applications, it is the cost of customizing to meet an organization’s unique management requirements through software development that is often the tallest bar on a postmortem Pareto chart. Enter the new Dell



Table of Contents

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST




Your Framework, Your Way

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 CST

Systems management frameworks have been notoriously complex to implement, often failing to deliver on expectations for an easy-to-manage, enterprise-wide console view of the server infrastructure. The root causes of a failed deployment can encompass a broad range of issues. However, because frameworks are nothing more than a suite of software applications, it is the cost of customizing to meet an organization’s unique management requirements through software development that is often the tallest bar on a postmortem Pareto chart. Enter the new Dell



Enhancing Energy Efficiency with Dell PowerEdge 4220 Rack Design

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

As energy costs rise and green IT initiatives become increasingly widespread, reducing power consumption in data centers has become a key focus for many organizations. Rapid increases in processor and server density, meanwhile, only magnify the need to control costs. Many of these organizations are optimizing their power consumption by transitioning to renewable energy sources, installing cabinet-level cooling technologies, or arranging system configurations in hot and cold aisles. However, because the cost of cooling often matches or exceeds the cost of system power, organizations that focus instead on reducing system-level power can simultaneously reduce cooling requirements and compound their energy savings. The Dell / PAN System combines PAN Manager



Compute More, Consume Less: Smart Policies Unleash Data Center Productivity

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

Standard measures of data center efficiency focus exclusively on how a computing infrastructure uses the power flowing into it. Given that many data centers are reaching the limits of their power and cooling capabilities, these are important metrics. However, a second and equally important consideration can also affect the balance sheets: server utilization. To unlock the true potential of the data center, enterprises must shift their focus from power consumption patterns to the overall productivity of their IT environments. In this interview, Dr. Albert Esser, vice president of power and data center infrastructure solutions at Dell, discusses several key topics related to overall data center effectiveness, why utilization is so important to data center productivity, and how organizations can dramatically improve their data center productivity while still staying within the boundaries of limited power supplies. For example, Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency (DCiE)—the industry-standard metrics commonly used to measure data center effectiveness—can be misleading, because they are not designed to capture actual productive work being performed. A new metric proposed by Dell, data center performance per watt, captures not only power efficiency, but also the effectiveness of computing resources in doing actual work. Similarly, the metric of data center IT utilization captures how effectively a data center takes advantage of compute power already in place. These metrics can help identify ways to improve infrastructure efficiency and increase IT productivity. Following key best practices—including optimizing data center temperature, utilizing best-practices data center design, and optimizing utilization through virtualization and regular hardware refreshes—can help organizations increase data center productivity and reduce power consumption to meet compute demand for years to come.



Enhancing Energy Efficiency with PAN Manager Software by Egenera for Dell

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

The combination of powerful multi-core processors and virtualization has enabled significant increases in data center efficiency, supporting server consolidation and increased hardware utilization while still maintaining high performance. To evaluate new six-core Intel



Comparing Microsoft Hyper-V Performance on Dell PowerEdge and HP ProLiant Servers

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

Virtualization has had a shape-shifting effect on IT infrastructures, enabling administrators to encapsulate live, running workloads in virtual machines and move them transparently across pooled resources without service interruption. Until recently, however, integration of storage area networks (SANs) and virtualization platforms was restricted to basic storage protocols, limiting the coordination and intelligent use of advanced SAN features in the virtualized environment. Lack of integration between the hypervisor and the underlying storage infrastructure has typically prevented virtualized servers from taking full advantage of the data protection, backup, and performance features of enterprise-class storage. Virtualizing and consolidating physical server and storage resources into a cooperative pool of well-integrated resources that can be dynamically applied to virtual workloads are key capabilities of VMware



Designing a Scalable Architecture for VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

To help achieve the full benefits of recent technology innovations, many organizations are expanding their virtualization strategies to include storage virtualization together with server virtualization. Although this approach enables huge advances in IT flexibility, responsiveness, and efficiency, it also requires administrators to contend with an added layer of complexity that can make deploying, monitoring, and managing virtualized data center resources challenging and costly. Akorri



Integrating Virtualized Servers with VMware vStorage–Enabled Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SANs

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

Although virtualization technology can offer a host of key benefits in enterprise data centers, it can also bring new challenges for IT administrators. These challenges can include ensuring that the specific implementation is optimized for the data center environment, balancing workloads appropriately across available hardware resources, and protecting virtualized systems as part of an overall disaster recovery strategy. Multi-platform PlateSpin



Akorri BalancePoint: End-to-End Visibility Across Virtualized Servers and Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SANs

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

Downtime, whether planned or unplanned, often translates into lost opportunities and increased costs—and for many enterprises today, any amount of downtime is unacceptable. Having an effective recovery strategy and a set of coherent disaster recovery plans is essential to helping avoid downtime during a crisis. The need for enhanced quality, efficiency, and predictability for disaster recovery and business continuity has increased significantly, highlighting the necessity of a well-defined set of recovery plans and regular testing. However, as the required scope of critical processes, production applications, and enterprise demands increases, sustaining the timeliness and effectiveness of a recovery plan can become increasingly difficult. For most organizations, disaster recovery is extremely labor intensive, often requiring the manual coordination of hundreds of recovery tasks. So although the importance of having an effective disaster recovery plan is clear, organizations often find it difficult to achieve the level of protection they need. Dell and VMware have partnered to offer a cost-effective, high-availability architecture based on Dell



Fast-Track Virtualization Plans with PlateSpin

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

Although virtualization technology can offer a host of key benefits in enterprise data centers, it can also bring new challenges for IT administrators. These challenges can include ensuring that the specific implementation is optimized for the data center environment, balancing workloads appropriately across available hardware resources, and protecting virtualized systems as part of an overall disaster recovery strategy. Multi-platform PlateSpin



Deploying Simple, Cost-Effective Disaster Recovery with Dell and VMware

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Server virtualization technology enables organizations to achieve high levels of efficiency and cost-effectiveness in their data center operations. However, to help achieve the full benefits of server virtualization, administrators must deploy storage virtualization as well. A high-availability storage area network (SAN), for example, can help improve the overall availability of a server-based IT infrastructure. Storage must have the same scalability that virtualization brings to servers, so that both storage and servers can grow at the same pace. Virtualized storage also extends the cost benefits of virtualization by enabling increased disk utilization and reduced need for equipment purchases. Dell and Citrix have partnered to bring together storage and server technologies that help organizations further increase efficiency and cost savings when deploying virtualization. The Citrix



Simplified Management of Dell EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI SANs in Citrix XenServer

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

Data protection is a critical business concern. However, increasingly stringent demands are stretching the limits of traditional host-based backup and recovery methods, which often cannot meet enterprise requirements for reduced backup windows, high performance, and rapid recovery. Off-host backups, in which backup processing is offloaded to a separate system, can help reduce or eliminate the performance and availability impact of backups on production environments. The Veritas



Advancing Integration of Microsoft Hyper-V and Dell EqualLogic Virtualized SANs

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

Most leading tape drive technologies, including the popular Linear Tape-Open (LTO) format, support three primary system interfaces: SCSI, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), and Fibre Channel. Until now, organizations with an Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area network (SAN) typically had two options for tape backup that would not significantly reduce transfer rates: using an intermediary backup or media server to act as a buffer between the tape backup target and the iSCSI SAN, or using an external iSCSI bridge to translate between protocols. With the introduction of iSCSI-to-SAS bridge cards for Dell



How Dell EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager and Veritas NetBackup Enable Off-Host Backups

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

As small and medium businesses (SMBs) generate increasing amounts of critical data, the need to flexibly access and protect those resources becomes increasingly important. SMBs have traditionally shared unstructured file data by creating network shares for files stored within desktops and servers. This direct attach storage (DAS) approach is often quick and easy at first—but can also become complex, expensive, and difficult to manage as capacity and backup requirements grow, straining limited budgets and IT staffs. The Dell



Seamless, Cost-Effective Tape Backup for iSCSI SANs

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

Most leading tape drive technologies, including the popular Linear Tape-Open (LTO) format, support three primary system interfaces: SCSI, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), and Fibre Channel. Until now, organizations with an Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area network (SAN) typically had two options for tape backup that would not significantly reduce transfer rates: using an intermediary backup or media server to act as a buffer between the tape backup target and the iSCSI SAN, or using an external iSCSI bridge to translate between protocols. With the introduction of iSCSI-to-SAS bridge cards for Dell



The Dell PowerVault NF100: Simplified File Sharing and Backup for SMBs

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

The evolution of unified communications—where e-mails are accessed over the telephone and calls are made using a PC—can offer huge business opportunities for hosted service suppliers. Yet the demands for providing such unified communications are high. The software is processor intensive and relies on high-performance servers, which can be expensive to power and complex to manage. These challenges were a concern for M Dados, a hosted services provider based in Portugal offering leading-edge communications technologies. The company, a subsidiary of the José de Mello Group, planned to roll out a suite of services based on Microsoft



Unifying Communications

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

While IT organizations often struggle to do more with less, finance departments are traditionally wary of new technology investments. This is not the case, however, at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), a nonprofit organization of more than 330,000 members that sought to consolidate 250 Web and application servers onto a scalable server and storage infrastructure and improve online service availability. This case study describes how the AICPA migrated an aging infrastructure of 250 stand-alone HP servers to just five Dell



Cost-Effective and Efficient Virtualization

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

Tora Trading Services is the recognized leader in electronic trading systems and liquidity access for Asia. Its TORA Compass trading platform is used by clients across Asia, the United States, and Europe, and accounts for more than 25 percent of the electronic trading flow on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Such demanding work and high availability require an efficient, scalable, and robust IT infrastructure. However, the company’s existing data centers could not meet these requirements because they depended on 1U and 2U servers that consumed significant power and management resources. This case study describes how Tora worked with Dell Infrastructure Consulting Services to migrate its trading application to three Dell



Accounting for the Future

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

While IT organizations often struggle to do more with less, finance departments are traditionally wary of new technology investments. This is not the case, however, at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), a nonprofit organization of more than 330,000 members that sought to consolidate 250 Web and application servers onto a scalable server and storage infrastructure and improve online service availability. This case study describes how the AICPA migrated an aging infrastructure of 250 stand-alone HP servers to just five Dell



Blades Give Trading Application an Edge

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

Many enterprises today are running multiple operating systems in their data centers, challenging IT administrators to manage disparate systems while simultaneously working to make the most of IT investments as energy costs continue to rise. Data center hardware is often underutilized, and administrators are overburdened with the task of maintaining various operating systems on tight budgets. Administrators need solutions that allow them to adapt to changing business needs and manage systems effectively. As a result of a joint effort between Dell and the interoperability partnership of Microsoft and Novell, enterprises can implement comprehensive virtualization solutions based on Dell



Optimized Desktop Infrastructure Using Dell Flexible Computing Solutions

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:00:00 CST

IT administrators face a variety of challenges related to desktop management, including the need to enhance management, mobility, and security while efficiently carrying out asset tasks. The Dell






A Smart Path to Virtualization

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

As server virtualization continues to transform the data center, enterprises have some critical decisions to make. How will they migrate to a fully virtualized environment? How should the IT infrastructure be configured for maximum business benefit? Dell is partnering with other industry leaders to build a flexible, industry-standard approach that helps simplify the transition.






Highly Available Virtualization with Microsoft Hyper-V and SCVMM 2008

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

In virtualized environments, high availability can be critical to avoiding lost revenue, maintaining productivity, and protecting data from system failure. Combining Microsoft



Flexible Computing: Advancing End-User Productivity with Centralized Control

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Supporting an increasingly distributed workforce can be a huge drain on IT resources. By enabling a customized end-user experience with server-based control of data, settings, and applications, the Dell



Powering Business Productivity with Dell OptiPlex Desktops

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

The new Dell



Dell Precision R5400 Rack Workstations Offer Powerful Performance and Secure Remote Access

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Organizations in manufacturing, energy, digital content creation, and other industries require workstation-class performance for compute- and graphics-intensive applications. The Dell Precision



Extending Benefits of Virtual Remote Desktops Using VMware and Dell EqualLogic SANs

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Virtualization can offer increased scalability, reliability, and availability while helping simplify management and reduce operating costs. Now, Virtual Remote Desktop solutions based on VMware



How Dell EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition Helps Protect Virtual Environments

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Protecting and restoring virtual machines (VMs) can be slow and inefficient, and can take precious server resources away from critical applications. Dell



Dell and Egenera Drive a New Path to Virtual Data Center Automation

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

The new Dell / PAN System combines Dell



Best Practices for Protecting VMware Infrastructure 3 with Symantec Backup Exec

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Effectively protecting virtualized environments using traditional backup tools can be both difficult and time-consuming. Symantec



Boosting Data Center Throughput with Virtualization-Ready 10 Gigabit Ethernet

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

As virtualization becomes pervasive, increasing the number of high-bandwidth network ports is not always enough to meet the bandwidth needs of enterprise data centers. To help support the I/O requirements of multiple virtual machines in server consolidation and virtualization scenarios, Dell, Intel, and Cisco have teamed up to offer organizations a virtualization-tuned 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ direct attach solution.



Running Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 on Dell PowerEdge Clusters

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Microsoft



Deploying HPC Clusters Using Platform Open Cluster Stack – Dell Edition

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

As high-performance computing (HPC) environments continue to grow in size and complexity, cluster deployment and management have become increasingly challenging. Platform



Accelerated HPC Productivity with Intel Cluster Ready Solutions

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Intel



The Red Hat HPC Solution: Simplified High-Performance Linux Clusters

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

High-performance computing (HPC) cluster deployments can be complicated, time-consuming, and costly. The Red Hat



Evaluating Third-Generation AMD Opteron Processors for HPC Workloads

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Third-generation AMD Opteron



Evaluating Mellanox ConnectX InfiniBand Performance in HPC Clusters

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

IT organizations need an efficient communication subsystem to sustain application performance. The Dell team tested bandwidth and benchmarks to determine speedup rates in high-performance computing (HPC) clusters used on Dell PowerEdge






The Business of Success

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell



Healthy IT Infrastructure

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell



Blades Shift Broker into High Gear

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell



Mortgage Lenders' Moment of Truth

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

A high-performance, energy-efficient solution based on Dell



Re-creating the Big Bang

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Powerful Dell









Fast, Reliable Data Protection from Dell and CommVault

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell and CommVault have teamed up to create a next-generation disk-based backup system that combines leading-edge Dell



Streamlining Data Management with CommVault Simpana and Dell EqualLogic PS5500E iSCSI SANs

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Ongoing data growth can present major challenges for IT organizations. The combination of CommVault



Simplified Data Protection with Disk-Based Backup from Dell and Symantec

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Combining high-performance Dell



Introducing Broadcom iSCSI Offload Engine Technology for Dell Servers

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Internet SCSI (iSCSI) is rapidly becoming a convergent data center technology for disparate types of networking. The Broadcom



Scalilng Software Architecture for the Future of Multi-Core Computing

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Defragmentation software has long been a standard tool for enterprise servers. Now, an increasingly mobile workforce is demanding top performance and reliability from systems on the go. Diskeeper



Dell TechCenter Wiki: Collaborative Resources for Microsoft Hyper-V, Virtualization, and More

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Dell Enterprise Technology Center (TechCenter) wiki provides a central collaborative environment offering a range of IT resources, from blogs, chats, and discussions to white papers, video demos, and links—now featuring virtualization, Microsoft



Virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server 2005 on Dell PowerEdge Servers

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Understanding performance can be critical when virtualizing key enterprise applications. To demonstrate how the Microsoft



Rethinking the Dell PERC 6 RAID Controller

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Dell



An Overview of Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 on Dell Servers

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Designed specifically to help meet the needs of small businesses, the Microsoft



Streamlined Troubleshooting with the Dell System E-support Tool

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

By automating and consolidating hardware, software, and firmware information into a single comprehensive report, the Dell



Maintaining Dell Platforms with Dell Technical Updates

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell periodically releases updates for its servers, storage, and other enterprise platforms.The following table summarizes recent firmware updates for Dell



Dell Power Solutions Entire Issue, November 2008

Thu, 13 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST




Table of Contents

Thu, 13 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST




Editor's Comments

Thu, 13 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

The digital magazine you have been asking for is here. The new Dell Power Solutions Digital Edition—eminently green, eco-friendly and instantly—is just a few clicks away at powersolutionsdigital.dell.com.



Dell Power Solutions Entire Issue, August 2008

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST




Table of Contents

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST




Editor's Comments

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

The production process for Dell Power Solutions is a neatly framed case study for a mobility-enabled workforce. It is a mosaic of technologies and a high level of global collaboration that gel to make us a truly mobile medium.



Staying Connected with Dell Latitude ON

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

The production process for Dell Power Solutions is a neatly framed case study for a mobility-enabled workforce. It is a mosaic of technologies and a high level of global collaboration that gel to make us a truly mobile medium.



Mobility Redefined

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

As legions of employees take their work outside the office and to the far reaches of the globe, supporting the diverse needs of a highly mobile workforce has become a strategic business priority. To encompass this new world order, organizations must implement strong security technologies, intuitive remote management tools, streamlined backup solutions, and a plan for smooth product transitions.






Exclusive Interview: Designing for the Road Ahead

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

When done right, industrial design is invisible. But inspiring a sense of delight and lust from a business laptop that is effortless to use—that takes a lot of work. Ken Musgrave, director of industrial design and usability at Dell, reveals what happened behind the scenes when Dell went to the drawing board to design the new family of Dell



Mobility and Dynamic Graphics: New Dell Precision Workstations Shine

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell Precision



Enhanced Remote Client Control Using LANDesk Management Suite

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

The combination of LANDesk



Making the News

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell Precision



Students Thrive in a Wireless Environment

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Preconfigured Dell



Connect and Protect Workers on the Go with Dell ProSupport Mobility Services

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Unleashing the workforce to conduct business anytime, anywhere, is a complex undertaking. Dell



Step by Step: Simplifying Migrations from Novell to Microsoft

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Planning and performing a migration to a new IT platform can be difficult and time-consuming for enterprise administrators. The tools and best practices offered by Dell Infrastructure Consulting, including powerful migration applications from Quest Software, provide comprehensive solutions to help organizations migrate smoothly from a Novell



Box Office Gold

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell



High-Performance Supply Chain

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell



Building One of the World’s Largest Windows-Based HPC Clusters

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

When the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Holland Computing Center teamed up with Dell to build a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster, the result was a flexible dual-boot system of Dell



Scaling SunGard Higher Education Banner Software on Dell Hardware

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

For institutions of higher education, a scalable IT infrastructure can be critical. To demonstrate the scalability and performance of SunGard Higher Education’s Banner



How the Guardium Platform Helped Dell IT Simplify Enterprise Security

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Safeguarding data is critical for many organizations, but auditing data access activity to comply with regulatory standards can be a complex undertaking. As part of its initiative to simplify IT, the Dell IT group implemented the Guardium platform and database activity monitoring technology to help protect its globally distributed database servers and streamline compliance processes.



Application-Aware Data Protection with Dell EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Creating application-consistent point-in-time data snapshots at the storage area network level can work well in traditional environments, but can also be a complex, manual process. Dell EqualLogic



Automated Disaster Recovery with VMware SRM and Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SANs

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Virtualized IT infrastructures can simplify management and facilitate business continuity while helping minimize power consumption and procurement costs. Virtualization also helps organizations automate disaster recovery plans. Dell EqualLogic



The Dell AX4-5: Cost-Effective, Simplified Storage for SMBs

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) often contend with the same storage growth challenges as large enterprises, but with limited IT staff and resources. The Dell



The Dell PowerVault MD1120: High-Performance Direct Attach Storage

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

The new Dell



Using Double-Take Software to Migrate, Consolidate, and Protect Heterogeneous Storage

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

In heterogeneous storage environments, a lack of interoperability can be a critical barrier to effective data management. Double-Take



How ArchiveIQ Data De-duplication Simplifies BURA

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

By helping eliminate redundant backup data, de-duplication provides a key way to streamline backup, recovery, and archiving (BURA) for organizations of all sizes. Combining Data Storage Group ArchiveIQ






How Diskeeper 2008 Defragments Transparently and Automatically

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Defragmentation software has long been a standard tool for enterprise servers. Now, an increasingly mobile workforce is demanding top performance and reliability from systems on the go. Diskeeper



Automating Deployment with Microsoft Configuration Manager and the Dell Deployment Toolkit

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Configuring servers in enterprise environments can be complex and time-consuming, often requiring complicated scripts. The integration of Microsoft



Deploying Microsoft SQL Server 2008 on Dell PowerEdge Servers

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Tuning database servers can be key to simplifying operations and enhancing performance. Best practices based on real-world experience can help administrators successfully deploy and optimize the 64-bit version of the Microsoft



Optimizing Network Infrastructures for Virtualization

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

To help meet the growing bandwidth demands of multi-core architectures and server virtualization, Dell, Intel, and VMware have collaborated to develop virtualization solutions built on Dell



Best Practices for Networking in a VMware Environment

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell has used VMware



Enhanced Power Monitoring for Dell PowerEdge Servers

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

The enhanced power monitoring and management features available in supported Dell



Deploying Flexible Brocade 5000 and 4900 SAN Switches

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Brocade



Maintaining Dell Platforms with Dell Technical Updates

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell periodically releases updates for its servers, storage, and other enterprise platforms. These updates are classified as urgent, recommended, or optional depending on the enhancements they provide. Dell recommends customers keep their system firmware and software up-to-date to take advantage of these enhancements, which are designed to improve system functionality and minimize potential problems. The following tables summarize recent firmware updates for Dell