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Dell offers new line of 32- and 64-bit servers

The hardware maker's eighth generation of servers feature 64-bit processors tailored for the next version of Microsoft's SQL Server, as well as 64-bit Windows.

Round Rock, Texas-based Dell Inc. on Wednesday announced the coming release of a new line of four-way servers that runs on Intel Xeon 64-bit processors, giving

Dell offers data center makeover

Dell Inc. has announced a new offering to help enterprise customers plan and build data centers as they incorporate new technology infrastructure.


The Data Center Environment Assessment service analyzes a customer's current data center and dictates new air flow and power requirements to accommodate more demanding server environments.


Businesses whose data centers range in size from 200 square feet to 10,000 square feet or more can use the service. Fixed-pricing begins at $5,000 and increases depending on customer needs.

Microsoft shops new server options for SQL Server databases and other platforms in the Windows Server line.

"If I'm a Microsoft user and I want a fast, optimized SQL Server database, Dell has done a nice job of packaging that database … and making it easy for people to deploy Microsoft SQL Server 2005 databases," said Joe Clabby, a vice president and practice director for Summit Strategies in Boston.

The eighth-generation Dell servers will be able to run both 32- and 64-bit versions of the SQL Server platform, and will be able to run the 64-bit version of Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system when it is released later this year.

The release of Microsoft's 64-bit OS will have a significant impact on the enterprise, Clabby said. "It's going to make Windows environments more capable of competing with Unix and Linux environments in complex enterprise applications like business intelligence and business support," Clabby said. "Then you've got a whole new ballgame."

The Dell PowerEdge 6800 and PowerEdge 6850 servers deliver performance up to 32% higher than Dell's previous four-processor offerings, according to the company. The 64-bit processors are available in two configurations: an 8 MB level-three cache and a smaller level-two cache with

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faster clock speeds.

"Dell is in an interesting position in the market. Its whole strategy is in building two- and four-way blocks and linking them together to scale," Clabby said. "This is just faster, cheaper, better than the generation they had before."

Management systems features have also been expanded in this line of servers. Dell announced OpenManage Server Agent 4.3, which can be used for patch management with Microsoft SMS 2003.

The PowerEdge 6800 and Power Edge 6850 cost $3,999 and $4,899, respectively, and both will be available "in the coming weeks," Dell said.

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