Dell's Energy Efficient PowerEdge C5000 Servers

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The PowerEdge C5125 and C5220 support AMD and Intel architectures and shared power and cooling infrastructures.

Designed to help IT hosting and Web 2.0 companies achieve greater efficiencies in their data centers, technology giant Dell introduced its third generation of microservers, the PowerEdge C5000 line, including the PowerEdge C5125 and C5220, designed to meet the requirements of dedicated and virtualized IT hosting, Web 2.0 and cloud builder environments. The series of energy efficient microservers allows applications to run on individual dedicated physical servers.

The PowerEdge C5000 microservers offer between eight to 12 individual server nodes in one 3U chassis. Designed by Dell’s Data Center Solutions (DCS) division, the appliances support AMD and Intel architectures. Additional features on both microservers include 4 x DDR3 UDIMMS, 2 x 3.5-inch or 4 x 2.5-inch HDDs, 2 x GbE ports, IPMI 2.0 management, iKVM, individually serviceable nodes, as well as a shared power and cooling infrastructure.

"The growth of various cloud computing models has resulted in many of these organizations grappling with the best way to optimize and scale the performance of their enormous data centers," said Reuben Miller, a senior research analyst at IDC. "This new microserver series, through a shared infrastructure and energy efficient design, helps these customers maximize their IT environments while helping them adapt to change with a highly modular and serviceable design."

Microservers are a new class of server specifically designed for those use cases where multi-core CPU architecture and extensive virtualization are overkill. What these systems provide are p low-cost dedicated servers where one CPU is perfect for running single applications. The company said the PowerEdge C5000 line achieves up to four times more density while being up to 75 percent less to cool than comparable HP or IBM 1U servers, based on the fact that the Dell PowerEdge C5000 series has 12 servers in 3U while a traditional 1U supports 3 servers in 3U chassis.

"Over the last four years, we’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest data center operators in the world, whose complex environments require optimal efficiency," said Andy Rhodes, executive director of marketing for Dell Data Center Solutions. Our new PowerEdge C microservers further solidify our position as the premier vendor of specialized server solutions, leveraging our experience working with this unique set of customers and placing that power into the hands of a broader customer base including Web hosting and IT service providers."