Dell Server and Storage Configurations with VMware Virtualization Software Maximize Computing Resources

Dell, VMware Align to Help Customers Better Utilize Systems in the Scalable Enterprise

ROUND ROCK, Texas, March 8, 2004 — New configurations of Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell/EMC storage and VMware software are designed to help customers use computing resources more efficiently by enabling single physical servers to act as two or more separate o"virtual" systems.

These solutions help increase utilization levels on 2- and 4-processor servers by enabling more applications to run on a single server. VMware's VMotion technology provides the ability to dynamically move applications to different physical servers based on business needs, such as peaks from end-of-the-month reporting or holiday Web traffic.

Dell has forged an alliance with VMware to help deliver these resource-optimizing capabilities to customers deploying servers linked together in "scale-out" or scalable enterprise architectures.

"Dell is delivering more flexible standards-based solutions to help customers better utilize computing resources and keep costs low," said Jeff Clarke, senior vice president of Dell's Product Group. "VMware on Dell helps customers consolidate workloads across distributed server environments, increase availability and build architectures that are more responsive to business needs."

"Our alliance with Dell capitalizes on the strengths of Dell's scalable enterprise strategy and VMware's new VirtualCenter and VMotion technologies to deliver a virtualization solution that combines flexibility, reliability, value and performance," said VMware President Diane Greene. "Our customers typically see a 100 percent payback within three months of purchase."

Greater Utilization, Higher Availability

The Dell-VMware Virtual Infrastructure configurations, tested and supported by Dell, include:

  • Dell PowerEdge 6650 servers running VMware ESX Server 2.0.1, VirtualCenter and VMotion
  • Dell/EMC CX300 and CX500 storage systems to enable VMotion capability; and
  • A single Dell PowerEdge 1750 running the VMware VirtualCenter Management Server

In these configurations, VMware virtual machines can run different operating systems and applications on the same physical server. If one virtual machine fails or is being upgraded, the other programs and operating systems running on that physical server are not disrupted.

Such capabilities help customers increase capacity and reduce server sprawl by consolidating workloads that typically run on underutilized servers onto fewer physical servers.

The Dell-VMware solutions also provide important capabilities towards building computing grids such as central management of virtual machines and more dynamic resource allocation over distributed servers.

"Dell's configurations with VMware will benefit enterprise customers that want to use virtualization technologies on 2- and 4- processor systems to minimize the risk of total systems failure in scale-up environments," said Mark Melenovsky, director of server research at IDC. "This solution provides flexibility and preserves the customer's ability to pay-as-they grow and respond faster to business needs as they transform their data center into a single pool of resources."

The Dell configurations with VMware are available for order today in the U.S. with a starting price of $30,579, which includes a Dell PowerEdge 6650 server with two Intel Xeon MP processors, internal storage and VMware ESX Server for two processors. Dell will be the first point of contact supporting customers running the new solutions, and the companies will work together to enhance manageability and software integration of future products. For more information about these products and the Dell-VMware relationship please visit www.dell.com/vmware.

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is a premier provider of products and services required for customers worldwide to build their information-technology and Internet infrastructures. Company revenue for the past year totaled $41.4 billion. Dell, through its direct business model, designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Information on Dell and its products can be obtained at www.dell.com.

About VMware

VMware, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC), is the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems. The world's largest companies use VMware solutions to simplify their IT, fully leverage their existing computing investments and respond faster to changing business demands. VMware is based in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit www.vmware.com or call 650-475-5000.

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