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

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

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

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 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



Unifying Communications

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 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 05:00:00 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 05:00:00 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 05:00:00 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



Getting Started with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V on Dell Servers

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Microsoft® Hyper-V™ technology provides a simplified virtualization platform integrated directly into the Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 OS. This article provides an introduction to Hyper-V virtualization, discusses the overall architecture and underlying technologies, and offers guidance on best practices for deployment on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers.



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™ PowerEdge™ server technology with advanced Egenera® management software in a simplified system—providing a highly available, dynamic, flexible platform for next-generation data center virtualization.



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® Windows® HPC Server 2008 high-performance computing (HPC) platform is designed to simplify the deployment, configuration, and management of HPC clusters while also integrating multiple performance enhancements. Running this platform on clusters of Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers can provide a highly available, high-performance foundation for HPC applications.



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® HPC Solution enables organizations to deploy enhanced systems quickly and run them efficiently, helping reduce the cost and complexity of their Linux® cluster deployments.



Introducing the Dell PowerEdge M805 and PowerEdge M905 Blade Servers

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ M805 and PowerEdge M905 full-height blade servers are designed to deliver outstanding performance in virtualized and database-intensive environments. Combining robust processing power, tremendous RAM capacity, and massive I/O throughput in a space- and energy-efficient, easy-to-deploy blade form factor, these blade servers help increase performance and reliability while helping simplify management.



The Business of Success

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ blade servers and Dell EqualLogic™ Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area network arrays help the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania quintuple computing power while simplifying management and reducing costs.



Healthy IT Infrastructure

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ blade and rack servers provide the foundation of a high-density virtualized infrastructure at ALERT Life Sciences Computing—supporting simplified management, high performance, and rapid deployment.



Blades Shift Broker into High Gear

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ blade servers help PT Ciptadana Capital support future expansion of its security trading service while reducing energy use, simplifying management, and optimizing limited data center space.



Mortgage Lenders' Moment of Truth

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

A high-performance, energy-efficient solution based on Dell™ PowerEdge™ blade servers and a Dell EqualLogic™ PS Series Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area network array provides Optimal Blue with an anticipated 50 percent improvement in application response time.



Re-creating the Big Bang

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Powerful Dell™ PowerEdge™ blade servers deployed in just nine days provide high levels of performance and efficiency to help put a German research center on track for a major scientific breakthrough.



Rethinking the Dell PERC 6 RAID Controller

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ PowerEdge™ Expandable RAID Controller (PERC) 6.1 firmware release introduces multiple features designed to enhance reliability, performance, and ease of use to help organizations meet the challenges of ongoing data growth.



Making the News

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell Precision™ mobile workstations and Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers help a media company maintain its competitiveness in the evolving news business, reducing the time needed to publish breaking stories by 50 percent.



Box Office Gold

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ M1000e modular blade enclosures helped Soho VFX deliver a Hollywood blockbuster on deadline—more than doubling the company’s processing capacity while helping reduce power consumption by 20 percent.



High-Performance Supply Chain

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ M1000e modular blade enclosures connected to a Dell/EMC CX3-20 storage area network helped supply chain provider YCH Group reduce data center floor space by 70 percent and power consumption by up to 45 percent compared with the previous solution.



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™ PowerEdge™ servers with dual-core AMD Opteron™ processors—and one of the world’s largest and most powerful Microsoft® Windows® OS–based clusters.



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® software on Dell™ hardware, Dell collaborated with the State University of New York to build and test a proof-of-concept architecture designed to handle up to 175,000 students with sub-second response times.



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® System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and the Dell OpenManage™ Deployment Toolkit helps simplify this process by providing easy-to-use graphical tools for the deployment of Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers.



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® SQL Server® 2008 database platform on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers running the Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 Enterprise x64 Edition OS.



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™ PowerEdge™ servers, Intel® Xeon® processors and 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters, and VMware® ESX software. Utilizing Intel Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq) and VMware NetQueue technology, these solutions can enhance performance, increase flexibility, and simplify management in virtualized environments.



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™ PowerEdge™ servers enable IT administrators to easily track and manage energy use through tools such as the Dell OpenManage™ suite—ultimately helping optimize server power consumption and control operational costs in their data centers.



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™ PowerEdge™ components and Dell PowerVault™ storage. To sign up for Dell Technical Updates, visit support.dell.com/support/notifications/technicalupdates.aspx.



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™ Latitude™ laptops.



Mobility and Dynamic Graphics: New Dell Precision Workstations Shine

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell Precision™ M2400 and M4400 mobile workstations enable engineers, computer-aided design (CAD) designers, video editors, animators, and other creative and business professionals to run high-performance, graphics-intensive applications in a lightweight, durable chassis—and share docking stations and peripherals with the new Dell™ Latitude™ laptop family.



Mobility Redefined

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

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.



The Next-Generation Dell PowerEdge M1000e Modular Blade Enclosure

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

The innovative new Dell™ PowerEdge™ M1000e modular blade server enclosure is designed to meet evolving requirements for blade servers in enterprise environments—including comprehensive functionality comparable to standard rack-mounted servers, efficient energy use through Dell Energy Smart technology, upgradable components, and simplified deployment and management.



A Systems-Level Approach to Efficient Data Center Design

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

The increasing need for high-performance, rack-dense servers has strained the limits of many data center cooling systems. Dell-Liebert Energy Smart Solutions can help organizations overcome these limits, enabling them to increase performance while maintaining existing levels of energy use or to provide sufficient cooling for a maximum-performance infrastructure.



Exploring the Dell PowerEdge M1000e Network Fabric Architecture

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

Modular components can be key to keeping pace with fast-moving IT advancements. The architecture of the new Dell™ PowerEdge™ M1000e modular blade server enclosure and its 10th-generation Dell server technology is designed to support both current and future network technologies, helping protect enterprise modular server investments.



Simplified Management with Altiris Deployment Solution for Dell Servers 3.0

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

Altiris® Deployment Solution™ for Dell Servers software offers simple drag-and-drop bare-metal provisioning and ongoing server management of Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers. Version 3.0 of this software introduces multiple features and enhancements designed to further simplify key administrative tasks, and incorporates support for the Dell PowerEdge M1000e modular blade enclosure and PowerEdge M600 series server blades.



Excellent Online Service 24/7

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers, Dell/EMC storage, and Dell OptiPlex™ desktops help online retailer Tesco.com support a 30 percent annual customer expansion rate.



Advancing Medical Treatment Efficiency

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

By deploying an IT environment built on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers and VMware® virtualization software, Taiwan Adventist Hospital created a highly available IT environment that enables medical staff to focus on patients.



Configuring Microsoft SQL Server 2005 on Dell Servers and Storage

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Following best practices from Dell and Microsoft can help enterprises design a high-performance Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 database on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers and Dell PowerVault™ storage. This article provides specific guidance and best-practice recommendations in the areas of storage, OS, and database configuration.



Addressing Web-Based Application Performance and Availability with Citrix NetScaler

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

The ubiquity of the Web simplifies many aspects of delivering application services. However, the inherent performance and security inefficiencies of networking protocols can negatively affect user experience. Citrix® NetScaler® application delivery controllers provide advanced application-level acceleration, availability, and security functionality to address these issues while helping reduce the cost of delivering these applications.



Building a Fast, Flexible Platform for Virtualization with AMD Opteron™ Processor–Based Dell PowerEdge Servers

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers with Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors help drive down total cost of ownership while accelerating business agility.



Reducing Power Costs by Migrating Legacy Servers to a Virtualized Dell PowerEdge 2950

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Virtualizing legacy servers nearing the end of their life cycle can help reduce power costs while maintaining similar levels of performance. Recent Dell tests show that migrating legacy servers to a virtualized Dell™ PowerEdge™ 2950 can help reduce average power use by approximately 2 kW, potentially saving more than US$6,000 over a three-year period.



Updating Microsoft Windows Server 2003 on Dell PowerEdge Servers

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003 Release 2 OS is designed to enhance the security, reliability, and productivity of enterprise IT resources. This article discusses key features of SP2 and describes best practices for deploying it on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers.



Simplifying Dell Systems Management with Dell OpenManage Connection Plug-ins

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Centralizing access to routine tasks can help increase efficiency for data center administrators. Dell OpenManage™ Connection plug-ins are designed to simplify the monitoring and management of Dell™ hardware by integrating Dell systems management data and applications into Microsoft® Operations Manager, IBM® Tivoli Enterprise Console, CA Unicenter, and HP OpenView Network Node Manager software.



Optimizing RAID Storage Performance with the SAS-based Dell PERC 5

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

The Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)–based Dell™ PowerEdge™ Expandable RAID Controller 5 (PERC 5) can significantly increase performance over previous-generation SCSI-based PERCs. This article outlines the storage system architecture of the PERC 5 and discusses how administrators can optimize RAID storage performance for different types of workloads.



Configuring the DRAC 5 to Use the Microsoft Active Directory Standard Schema

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ Remote Access Controller 5 (DRAC 5) firmware version 1.20 introduces several features designed to enhance flexibility when managing Dell PowerEdge™ servers. This article discusses how administrators can configure the DRAC 5 to use the standard schema of the Microsoft® Active Directory® directory service, without deploying the schema extension required by previous firmware versions.



Simplifying DRAC 5 Deployment with the Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

The Dell OpenManage™ Deployment Toolkit includes utilities for the Microsoft® Windows® Preinstallation Environment and Linux® OS to help administrators deploy and manage Dell™ Remote Access Controllers (DRACs) on supported Dell PowerEdge™ servers. This article discusses how administrators can use this toolkit and scripts to simplify DRAC 5 configuration and deployment.



Running Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 on Microsoft Cluster Service

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Although virtualization is becoming increasingly popular as a way to consolidate servers and storage for efficient utilization, it can also extend the impact of hardware failures to multiple critical systems. Running Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 Release 2 (R2) on a Microsoft Cluster Service platform can help mitigate this problem by providing high-availability features for virtualized clusters.



Procuring, Provisioning, and Updating Servers with LANDesk Management Solutions

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Creating a repeatable and reliable approach to procuring, provisioning, and updating servers presents many challenges in enterprise environments. LANDesk® Process Manager and LANDesk Server Manager can help simplify and streamline this process, and include features specifically designed for Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers.



Integrating MOM into the BMC Software–based Dell Enterprise Management Framework

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Integrating critical monitoring infrastructures is key to a successful enterprise management framework. By using the Integration of BMC Impact Manager to MOM connector from Seamless Technologies, the Dell IT group was able to integrate Microsoft® Operations Manager (MOM) into its BMC® software–based enterprise management framework while avoiding the pitfalls of developing a custom solution.



Unified Messaging with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Implementing the Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging feature to integrate e-mail, voice mail, and fax messages requires configuring and coordinating multiple systems. This article provides a guided tour of the basic components of Unified Messaging infrastructures and explains how administrators can deploy them in their own data centers.



Optimizing iSCSI SANs with Intel PRO Server Adapters and iSCSI Remote Boot

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

As organizations move toward virtualized data centers with shared resources to increase capacity and resource utilization, Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers with Intel® PRO server adapters can help multiply the advantages of Internet SCSI (iSCSI) technology in storage area networks (SANs) by offering remote boot-from-SAN capabilities and enhanced I/O throughput.



Virtualization Management Using Microsoft System Center and Dell OpenManage

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Managing large virtualized environments can be challenging and time-consuming. This article outlines how enterprises can use Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007, Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, and the Dell OpenManage™ suite to help simplify administrative tasks and enhance operational efficiency in virtualized data centers.



Using VMware Cluster Features on Dell PowerEdge Servers

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

The VMware® High Availability and Distributed Resource Scheduler features are designed to mitigate the risk of host failure while optimizing resource utilization in virtualized cluster environments. This article examines these features and describes tests that demonstrate their functionality and performance on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers in common enterprise data center scenarios.



Upgrading to VMware Infrastructure 3 on Dell PowerEdge Servers

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

VMware® Infrastructure 3 on ninth-generation Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers offers several important features and can help provide significant performance increases over previous-generation systems. Administrators can take advantage of the portability of virtual machines to easily perform a rolling upgrade to VMware Infrastructure 3, helping minimize downtime for users and applications during the transition.



Simplifying OS Deployment with the Dell OpenManage Server Assistant Driver Extraction Utility

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

The Dell OpenManage™ Server Assistant (DSA) Driver Extraction Utility enables administrators to easily copy drivers for Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers from the DSA CD to a straightforward folder structure on a hard disk. Enterprises using custom OS deployment processes can take advantage of this utility to integrate the required drivers into those deployments.



Seamless Updates Using Dell OpenManage Server Update Utility 1.5

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell OpenManage™ Server Update Utility 1.5 includes several enhanced features designed to increase flexibility and simplify hardware and software updates for Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers. This article outlines these features and how administrators can put them to use in enterprise data centers.



Advanced Configuration for the Dell PowerConnect 5316M Blade Server Chassis Switch

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Enterprises can take advantage of advanced configuration options for the Dell™ PowerConnect™ 5316M Gigabit Ethernet switch for the Dell PowerEdge™ blade server chassis to help optimize network access for blade servers.



Using Dell OpenManage IT Assistant for Effective Systems Management

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell OpenManage™ IT Assistant is designed to facilitate simple, effective remote systems management. This article describes some of the best practices administrators can follow to efficiently utilize IT Assistant capabilities in enterprise data centers.



Installing Dell OpenManage Server Administrator on Linux Platforms

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Administrators can choose from an array of different methods when installing Dell OpenManage™ Server Administrator 5.2 on supported Linux® operating systems. This article outlines the available local and remote deployment methods and how administrators can use them in enterprise environments.



By Challenging Traditional Thinking, Intel Accelerates I/O with New Platform Technology

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Despite dramatic advances in network bandwidth and processor speeds, expected increases in server performance have not materialized. It turns out that the limiting factor is a set of network I/O bottlenecks. By addressing the primary causes of I/O bottlenecks, Intel® I/O Acceleration Technology streamlines the movement of network data, helping to accelerate network performance and improve scalability.



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Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST




Disabling Local Video Consoles in Ninth-Generation Dell PowerEdge Servers

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ Remote Access Controller 5 (DRAC 5) enables administrators to remotely turn off the local video consoles of ninth-generation Dell PowerEdge™ servers to help increase server management security and flexibility.



Benchmarking SAP Customer Relationship Management Software on Dell PowerEdge Servers

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Implementing appropriate hardware and software configurations is key to optimizing performance in complex data centers. This article describes results from the two-tier SAP® Interaction Center Benchmark for the mySAP™ Customer Relationship Management 2005 application on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers.



Presenting Dell Digital Cinema: Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Movie theaters worldwide are rapidly switching from film-based movie projection to digital playback technology. To help theaters manage this transition, the Dell OEM Industry Solutions Group has developed a cost-effective, high-performance digital cinema solution that is designed to be reliable and easy to support.



Intel I/O Acceleration Technology Helps Eliminate Network Bottlenecks

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Designed to move network data at optimal efficiency, Intel® I/O Acceleration Technology can help improve the performance, scalability, and reliability of Quad-Core and Dual-Core Intel Xeon® processor–based servers.



Building Highly Available Systems: The Dell PowerEdge Cluster SE600W and PowerVault MD3000

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ PowerEdge™ Cluster SE600W is a high-availability cluster solution based on Dell PowerEdge servers, Microsoft® Windows® operating systems, and the Dell PowerVault™ MD3000 storage system. Deploying this solution enables enterprises to achieve highly available service levels in a cost-effective way.



Understanding the Challenges of Delivering Cost-Effective, High-Efficiency Power Supplies

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

It’s no small matter. Power supplies can account for as much as one-fifth of the wasted power in data center servers. By emphasizing energy-efficient power supply design, Dell is addressing a key factor that can help reduce overall power and cooling requirements and contribute to lower total cost of ownership.



Comparing Virtualization Performance: Dell PowerEdge and HP ProLiant Servers

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

To demonstrate the advantages of two-socket servers over four-socket servers for virtualization, Dell engineers tested a two-socket Dell™ PowerEdge™ 2950 server with quad-core Intel® Xeon® processors alongside a four-socket HP ProLiant DL585 G2 server with dual-core AMD Opteron™ processors in a virtualized environment based on VMware® Infrastructure 3.



Advancing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 with 64-bit AMD Opteron™ Processors

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 takes a big step forward in managing large e-mail databases and offers breakthrough features such as Unified Messaging, which allows e-mail, voice mail, attachments, and faxes to be combined into a common Microsoft Outlook® in-box. Energy-efficient 64-bit AMD Opteron™ processors can accelerate Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 performance while minimizing power consumption to help keep operating costs low.



Design Considerations for Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Creating appropriate Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 deployments can be challenging. The Dell Exchange 2007 Advisor online tool is designed to reduce the complexity of such deployments, recommending Exchange configurations for enterprises of all sizes based on their specific goals, mailbox design, and requirements for application and data availability.



Understanding the Architecture and Features of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 includes significant changes from Exchange Server 2003. This article describes key technical aspects of these changes—including its core architecture, mailbox data access, and secure deployment features—to enable administrators to effectively prepare for migrations to Exchange Server 2007.



Access Everywhere. Business Anywhere. How Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Makes It Happen

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

With intellectual capital flowing through messaging systems and an increasingly mobile workforce, enterprises face significant challenges surrounding data access, operational efficiency, security, and data protection. Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 addresses these concerns by providing a comprehensive, integrated, end-to-end messaging solution designed to reduce costs and complexity, enhance performance, and simplify compliance.



Dell PowerEdge High-Availability Clusters

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

In this special poster insert, see how Dell cluster solutions are designed to protect access to business-critical applications and eliminate single points of failure in a wide array of environments. Integrating Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell PowerVault and Dell/EMC storage, and other key components, Dell high-availability cluster configurations can scale flexibly and cost-effectively to meet the management and performance needs of any size enterprise.



Power and Cooling 360

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

As we discovered when we began researching our special feature section on powering and cooling, IT planners would do well to consider a 360-degree perspective on data center efficiency. For this issue, we reached out to our Austin Design Center to gain insight into Dell’s recent in-depth research on power consumption in a typical data center.



Data Center Efficiency in the Scalable Enterprise

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Energy efficiency is a top concern as IT managers struggle with rising power bills, cooling problems, usage limits imposed by local utilities, or requirements to deploy additional servers without expanding an existing data center or building a new one. To address energy efficiency effectively, data center managers must look at a variety of issues ranging in scope from the smallest piece of silicon to the entire data center.



Managing Data Center Power and Cooling with AMD Opteron Processors and AMD PowerNow! Technology

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Avoiding unnecessary energy use in enterprise data centers can be critical for success. This article discusses the power and cooling advantages of AMD™ Opteron™ processors and AMD PowerNow!™ technology with Optimized Power Management, which are available in Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers.



Efficient Power Management on Dell PowerEdge Servers with AMD Opteron Processors

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Efficient power management enables enterprises to help reduce overall IT costs by avoiding unnecessary energy use. This article describes how to enable and validate AMD PowerNow!™ power management technology on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers with AMD™ Opteron™ processors.



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Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST




Configuring Dell OpenManage IT Assistant to Monitor Non-Dell Servers

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell OpenManage™ IT Assistant includes several predefined alert categories and sources for Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers. IT Assistant 8.0 introduces the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Event Source Utility, which allows administrators to import multiple event source definitions from non-Dell servers, extending the ability of IT Assistant to help monitor heterogeneous IT environments.



Configuring Favorite Application Launch Points in Dell OpenManage IT Assistant

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell OpenManage™ IT Assistant 8.0 enables administrators to configure launch points for management applications and tools for discovered networked devices, such as servers, switches, and printers. This article discusses how administrators can set up, customize, and use this feature in their environment.



Introducing Dell SAS RAID Storage Manager for Dell PowerEdge SC Servers and Dell Precision Workstations

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell OpenManage™ IT Assistant 8.0 enables administrators to configure launch points for management applications and tools for discovered networked devices, such as servers, switches, and printers. This article discusses how administrators can set up, customize, and use this feature in their environment.



Creating Fault-Tolerant Xen Virtualization at the Network Adapter Layer

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

In development and production environments, fault tolerance at the physical network layer can be critical. Using the Linux® OS bonding driver with standardized networking configurations enables highly available, fault-tolerant physical layers for Xen guest domains.



Performance Scaling with Dell PowerEdge 2950 Servers and VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

To assess virtualization scalability and performance, Dell engineers tested two DellTM PowerEdgeTM 2950 servers with dual-core Intel® Xeon® 5160 and quad-core Intel Xeon X5355 processors alongside a previous-generation PowerEdge 2850 server with dualcore Intel Xeon processors in a virtualized environment based on VMware® Virtual Infrastructure 3. The results show that the PowerEdge 2950 servers can provide enhanced performance and host more virtual machines than the PowerEdge 2850.



Comparing Enterprise Database Performance on Dell PowerEdge and Sun Fire Servers

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

To evaluate the performance of dual-core processor–based servers from Dell and Sun, Dell engineers used the open source Dell DVD Store database to test a two-node Dell™ PowerEdge™ 2950 server cluster and a PowerEdge 6850 server with Intel® Xeon® processors alongside a similarly configured Sun Fire V490 server with Sun UltraSPARC IV+ processors. Not only did the Dell servers handle more orders per minute than the Sun server, but both also cost significantly less per order handled.



Introducing the Dell PowerVault RD1000: A Portable Disk-based Replacement for Traditional Low-End Tape Backup

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) RAID Storage Manager is a stand-alone storage management application that enables administrators to configure, monitor, and manage storage configurations on SAS controllers, physical drives, and virtual disks. This article discusses the application’s key features for Dell PowerEdge™ SC servers and Dell Precision™ workstations.



Enabling Real-Time Protection for Microsoft Exchange with Symantec Backup Exec 11d and Continuous Protection Server

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Symantec® Backup Exec™ 11d for Windows Servers software, along with the Continuous Protection Server feature and Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft Exchange Server, can provide fast, flexible technology to help protect vital enterprise messaging data in Microsoft® Exchange environments. This article examines how this software can protect Exchange data on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers with Dell PowerVault™ storage.



Exploring the Remote Access Configuration Utility in Ninth-Generation Dell PowerEdge Servers

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

The Remote Access Configuration Utility supports local and remote server management in ninth-generation Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers using the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI); it combines the features of the eighth-generation Remote Access Configuration Utility and IPMI Server Management Configuration Utility and introduces several important features. This article describes the feature set and configuration settings provided by this utility.



Dell IT Designs an Enterprise Monitoring Infrastructure Using Microsoft Operations Manager 2005

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Microsoft® Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 provides scalability, failover, integration with Dell OpenManage™ Server Administrator, and other features enabling it to serve as the foundation of a global Microsoft Windows Server® OS–based enterprise monitoring infrastructure. Using MOM 2005 along with Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers, Dell PowerVault™ storage, Dell OpenManage Server Administrator, and BMC software, the Dell IT group developed a robust infrastructure to support more than 24,000 servers worldwide.



Building a Single Image for Dell PowerEdge Servers Using Altiris Deployment Solution

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Using hardware-independent images for OS deployment can free administrators from creating and maintaining separate images for each hardware vendor and server model in their environment, helping significantly simplify server provisioning processes. Altiris® Deployment Solution™ software enables administrators to create and deploy these images on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers.



Simplifying Blade Server Management with Altiris Deployment Solution Rip and Replace

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Altiris has extended its Altiris® Deployment Solution™ software to offer automated rip-and-replace functionality for Dell™ PowerEdge™ blade servers. This article describes how to configure and use this feature to help simplify blade server deployment.



Enabling Server Consolidation with 64-Bit Citrix Presentation Server

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Deploying 64-bit technology can allow organizations to significantly reduce the number of servers required to support their user base by enabling increased density and resource utilization. This article discusses the advantages of running the 64-bit version of Citrix Presentation Server™ software for Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003 x64 Editions on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers.



Customizing Management of HPC Clusters

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

High-performance computing (HPC) clusters are becoming increasingly widespread as many organizations' large-scale computing needs grow, but each type of cluster configuration comes with its own hardware management requirements. This article discusses best practices for customizing management software and hardware for HPC clusters based on DellTM PowerEdgeTM servers.



Using the Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit to Automate Configuration of HPC Cluster Nodes

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

High-performance computing clusters comprising hundreds of nodes require one-to-many management utilities to configure the nodes with customized BIOS, baseboard management controller, and DellTM Remote Access Controller settings and to deploy Dell Utility Partitions in a reasonable amount of time. Administrators can use the Dell OpenManageTM Deployment Toolkit to perform these one-to-many operations across multiple nodes simultaneously.



Creating Scalable Compute Clusters Using the Sanbolic Melio File System and LaScala Volume Manager

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

High-performance compute clusters can provide the performance and scalability necessary for processing-intensive applications. This article discusses using the Sanbolic® Melio® File System and Sanbolic LaScala® volume manager to create cost-effective, scalable clusters based on Dell™ servers and storage and the Microsoft® Windows® OS.



Linux Device Naming

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Like other operating systems, the Linux® OS must discover, enumerate, and assign default names to hardware devices-tape drives, network adapters, USB devices, and the like-before these devices can be used. This article discusses methods for Linux device enumeration, how enumeration relates to default assigned names, and how administrators can modify these names.



Upgrading BIOS and Firmware on Linux-based Systems with Firmware-tools

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Firmware-tools, an open source development project, aims to simplify the process of upgrading BIOS and firmware on Linux® OS–based systems. This article discusses the firmware-tools architecture, which delivers and installs these upgrades using the native Red Hat® Package Manager (RPM™) format and native Linux change-management frameworks such as Novell® ZENworks® Linux Management and the yum tool.



Remote Performance Monitoring Using Dell OpenManage IT Assistant 8.0

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

Dell OpenManage™ IT Assistant 8.0 introduces several tools designed to increase the efficiency and flexibility of enterprise IT management, including a performance monitoring feature. This article discusses how to configure and use IT Assistant performance monitoring in enterprise environments.



Multiple Ways to Efficiently Monitor and Manage Dell PowerEdge Servers

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

The Dell OpenManage™ suite of systems management applications, along with Dell Remote Access Controllers and baseboard management controllers, can help administrators efficiently monitor and manage Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers in enterprise data centers both locally and remotely. This article outlines four practical IT management tasks and how these tools can help administrators perform them.



Monitoring and Managing Agentless Servers Using Dell OpenManage IT Assistant 8.0 with IPMI

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

Dell OpenManage™ IT Assistant 8.0 introduces several features, including support for system discovery using the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) protocol. This article explores how IT Assistant IPMI capabilities can be used to remotely monitor and manage Dell™ and non-Dell agentless servers.



Online Book Excerpt: Managing Windows and Virtualization with MOM 2005

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005: Integrated for the Dell Scalable Enterprise documents best practices, operational techniques, and practical advice for using MOM 2005 to manage Microsoft® Windows® OS–based solutions on industry-standard platforms such as Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers and Dell/EMC storage. This Chapter 2 excerpt features a guided tour that shows how MOM resolves a Dell OpenManage™ event.



Serial Attached SCSI Storage for High-Performance Computing

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is the successor of SCSI technology, and is designed to meet the performance requirements of new-generation servers by taking advantage of serial connection to help improve performance and scaling. This article discusses deployment of SAS storage in high-performance computing clusters.