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

Last Build Date: Thu,01 February 2007 17:00:00 CST

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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.



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® iSCSI Offload Engine technology available in 9th- and 10th-generation Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers can free server resources to help increase performance and throughput, enabling organizations to maximize the benefits of iSCSI in their environments.



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.



Best Practices for Networking in a VMware Environment

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell has used VMware® virtualization extensively to help optimize its hardware utilization, streamline provisioning processes, and increase resilience. By following the networking best practices used by Dell engineers in their own IT environment, organizations can create an efficient, resilient virtualized infrastructure.



Inside the EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI Storage Arrays

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

Built on a patented peer storage architecture, the EqualLogic® PS Series of Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage arrays offers high performance, reliability, intelligent automation, and seamless virtualization of a single pool of storage to enable simplified enterprise storage deployment, ease of management, and comprehensive data protection.



Business Continuity for SMBs with EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI Storage Arrays

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

Robust business continuity has historically been out of reach for small and medium businesses (SMBs) because it was often too costly and overly complicated. EqualLogic® PS Series Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage arrays enable organizations of all sizes to deploy an enterprise-level storage infrastructure offering comprehensive data and application protection.



Managing Dell PowerEdge M1000e Blade Servers with the Avocent iKVM Switch

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Avocent® iKVM (integrated keyboard, video, mouse) switch, an analog KVM switch integrated into the Dell PowerEdge M1000e modular blade enclosure, is designed to simplify administrative tasks by letting IT staff easily view, monitor, and manage server blades and by providing access to the remote management and power control functions of the PowerEdge M1000e Chassis Management Controller.



Accelerating Application Traffic with Intel 10 Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapters

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

By using Intel® 10 Gigabit Ethernet server adapters in Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers and unified storage systems such as the Dell PowerVault™ NX1950, organizations can achieve the performance required for high-bandwidth applications and meet the demand for increased storage capacity while moving toward network convergence on a simplified Ethernet infrastructure.



An Introduction to DDR InfiniBan

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

The increasingly popular InfiniBand high-speed interconnect now supports both single data rate (SDR) and double data rate (DDR) transmission, with DDR providing significantly increased speeds. This article discusses how InfiniBand has evolved and presents test results comparing the performance of Gigabit Ethernet, SDR InfiniBand, and DDR InfiniBand.



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.



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.



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.



10 Gigabit Ethernet Unifying Fabric: Foundation for the Scalable Enterprise

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

10 Gigabit Ethernet is positioned to fulfill many expectations of Ethernet LAN technology that have been long anticipated but not yet realized by its predecessors and their alternatives. This article discusses the criteria for creating a virtual data center and how 10 Gigabit Ethernet can meet these criteria through its ability to function as a unifying fabric.



Best Practices for Microsoft Windows Installation on Dell PowerEdge Servers with Broadcom NetXtreme Devices

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

Administrators can choose from a number of methods when installing Broadcom NetXtreme and NetXtreme II device drivers on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers during Microsoft® Windows® OS installations. This article discusses best practices for carrying out manual and automated installations using the Broadcom installer and utilities like Netset.exe as well as other considerations for Windows instllations involving these Broadcom adapters.



Using the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol for Gateway Redundancy

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

The standards-based Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) enables network administrators to design and implement default gateway redundancy on LAN segments. VRRP configurations can be implemented using Dell™ PowerConnect™ 6024 Gigabit Ethernet routing switches.



Link Aggregation Interoperability of the Dell PowerConnect 5316M Switch and Cisco Switches

Thu, 1 Feb 2006 05:00:00 CST

This article explains how to configure the Dell



Introducing the Dell PERC 6 Family of SAS RAID Controllers

Thu, 8 May 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ PowerEdge™ Expandable RAID Controller (PERC) 6 family of enterprise-class Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) RAID controllers is designed for enhanced performance, increased reliability and fault tolerance, and simplified management—providing a powerful, easy-to-manage way to create a robust infrastructure and help maximize server uptime.



Introducing the Dell SAS 6 Family of RAID Controllers

Thu, 8 May 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 6/iR family of integrated RAID controllers provides a cost-effective, entry-level RAID configuration and management solution for internal storage on Dell PowerEdge™ servers and Dell Precision™ workstations.



Best Practices for Networking in a VMware Environment

Thu, 26 June 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell has used VMware® virtualization extensively to help optimize its hardware utilization, streamline provisioning processes, and increase resilience. By following the networking best practices used by Dell engineers in their own IT environment, organizations can create an efficient, resilient virtualized infrastructure.