Thursday, April 18, 2013

How Dell Fits an Entire Datacenter in a Blade Chassis

Since we’ve harped on it before, WE know that YOU know that Dell is more than just laptops and desktops. But while you know that Dell can outfit your datacenter with everything that you need, did you know that Dell has magic powers (okay, more like some pretty genius techies) and can actually provide you with an entire datacenter in a single blade chassis?

Thanks to the ingenuity at Dell, a pre-configured datacenter is something that we can provide you both easily and less expensively than you might expect. Due to the space-efficiency of many Dell products, we can outfit a M1000e blade chassis with servers, storage and networking – all of the major computing systems that you would need for your datacenter.

While the M1000e blade chassis is a required element of the pre-configured datacenter solution, the blade chassis can be outfitted with any combination of blades that you desire, whether it’s a M815 or a M600 blade – the choice is yours. You also have a multitude of networking options, which will depend on your requirements; whether you need data center bridging (DCB), Fibre Channel (FC) or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), etc.

Another necessary component of the pre-configured datacenter solution is the storage piece. The Dell EqualLogic PS-M4110 is the only storage blade array that can complete the solution and turn this fully configured chassis into a fully functioning datacenter. Quite frankly, if chassis could talk the M1000e would be saying to the PS-M4110, you complete me.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Motivation Behind HP's Project Moonshot

While HP has several known competitors, IBM and Dell being in the top tier, HP continues to persevere and gobble up market share – especially in the server market.  Not that HP is content to just sit back and ride the wave; they have several ongoing initiatives geared towards increasing that market share. One such initiative is Project Moonshot.

HP’s Project Moonshot is targeted towards the hyperscale segment of the server market. This is a strategic move for HP because according to Gartner, the hyperscale segment accounted for roughly 11% of total server shipments in 2010 and jumped to nearly 17% in 2011, and the trend just continues to grow.

The main goal behind Project Moonshot is to develop low-power servers based on an alternative processing technology. This will allow organizations supporting hyperscale workloads to maximize operational efficiencies and achieve space, cost and power savings. This is intended to be an extension of HP's existing x86 server lines – not a replacement.

There are many attractions of Project Moonshot, but the primary advantages lies in the cost savings.  HP projects Project Moonshot servers to provide reduced energy consumption (up to 89%), reduced TCO (up to 63%), and even reduced complexity and a smaller footprint.

HP’s largest competitor in the hyperscale market is Dell. So while Project Moonshot has been a multi-year project, HP may be moving a little quicker on this project in order to capitalize on any confusion the press has caused regarding Dell’s current move to go private.

-KH