Dell Unveils Enterprise Vision for the Future; Investments in Best-In-Class Infrastructure and Integ


Dell Unveils Enterprise Vision for the Future; Investments in Best-In-Class Infrastructure and Integrated Computing Platforms Result in the Launch of New Active System Solutions

  • Dell continues to fuel enterprise growth momentum

  • Dell continues strategic investments in end-to-end solutions with a scalable design point

  • Dell Active Systems combine servers, storage, networking and management in an intuitive, flexible and comprehensive converged infrastructure offering

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Dell today announced plans to help businesses globally quickly adopt modern, standards-based data center technologies that enable them to realize repeatable results and superior value at every scale. To do this Dell utilizes a standards-based architecture that optimizes the use of IT resources, anticipates growth, and supports future expansion. Dell's core server, storage and networking infrastructure elements enable scaled-out solutions to be built from standard hardware building blocks and innovative software solutions.

The enterprise strategy, outlined today at an event in San Francisco, brings together hardware, software and services developed by Dell and gained through acquisitions under a common design philosophy to offer customers a robust and easy-to-manage data center infrastructure. The company also announced its next wave of converged infrastructure offerings, Active Systems, that provide an intuitive, flexible and power efficient foundation for application, virtual desktop infrastructure and private cloud deployments.

Dell's scalable design point is built upon, and requires, industry standards. Through the acquisition and development of its own IP, Dell has built a set of unique assets to deliver the scalable IT infrastructure of the future based on standardized technologies. As a result, organizations can avoid the expensive lock-in of closed architectures that rely on proprietary shortcuts. Dell, in contrast, combines its innovative intellectual property and standards-based hardware to deliver intuitive solutions, where customers get the feature benefits of Dell IP and the efficiency levels of an industry standard approach.

"Dell's intuitive and efficient approach to data center infrastructure builds on our leadership position," said Marius Haas, president of Enterprise Solutions Group, Dell. "Our scalable design focus and powerful offerings from the Dell Software and Services groups uniquely position us to capture this market. Customers are voting with their wallets in endorsing Dell's innovative approach."

Active Infrastructure Family Speeds Implementation and Increases Agility

Dell's new converged infrastructure family, called Active Infrastructure, helps IT organizations more rapidly respond to business demands, improve data center efficiency, and strengthen IT service quality. It is ideal for businesses that are standardizing on x86 server architectures and need a more dynamic infrastructure operated in a simplified and automated fashion. Dell offers two ways to deploy Active infrastructure:

  • Pre-integrated systems - pre-engineered, pre-assembled, and pre-tested systems coupled with enterprise deployment services

  • Active System Architectures - customizable blueprints for building virtualized infrastructure

Dell also offers optimized and validated Active Solutions for private clouds, virtual desktop infrastructure, and enterprise applications such as Microsoft Lync, Exchange and Sharepoint 2010.

Part of the Active Infrastructure family, the new Dell Active System offers an intuitive, highly flexible, and comprehensive approach to converged infrastructure. Central to all Active Systems is the new Active System Manager, an intuitive tool for the most common infrastructure administrative tasks. It delivers substantial operational benefits such as helping to eliminate up to 75% of steps needed for "power on to production."1 Active Systems are built with the following best-of-breed infrastructure elements that deliver real results compared to competitive offerings:

  • The PowerEdge M1000e chassis and 12th generation blade servers provide up to 2.3X greater compute density per rack2

  • Dell Compellent or EqualLogic storage, including the new EqualLogic Blade Array

  • A new plug-and-play blade I/O module - the PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator - that is optimized for virtualization and delivers up to six times the bandwidth to the data center network3

  • Optimization at the system level that delivers up to 45% better performance per watt4

Dell is also introducing the pre-integrated Active System 800, a blade-based model that includes EqualLogic storage and Force10 networking and is designed for highly virtualized environments with applications that demand performance, agility and scalability.


"As a rapidly expanding cloud service provider, iland has seen dramatically higher demands and more complex use cases from our customers," said Dante Orsini, Senior Vice President of Business Development at iland. "With Dell Active System, we can now leverage dense, converged blade-based infrastructure that helps us scale to customer needs by deploying infrastructure 5X faster, reduce operational costs by 37% through automation across the environment, and reduce provisioning errors by 25% through consistent deployment templates."

"Dell is ahead of the curve recognizing how new demands for next-generation IT are reshaping customer approaches to business and infrastructure decisions," said Matt Eastwood, Group Vice President and General Manager, IDC. "Dell's comprehensive approach to integrated computing platforms and its growing portfolio of software and services are directly addressing the four pillars of industry growth that IDC sees as transforming the IT industry - from cloud and big data to social business and mobility solutions. Dell's new offerings combine its core heritage enterprise products, including powerful server, storage, networking and management capabilities in an open and standardized converged offering that is flexible and which can efficiently and easily scale to meet the changing needs of a growing business."

Product Availability

The Active System 800, the associated Active System Architectures, and Active System Manager will be available in the US in late November 2012 and worldwide early next year. The Active System 800 will be available worldwide from Dell and its global PartnerDirect channel partners. Please visit for more information.

In conjunction with today's announcement, Dell Financial Services is making available financing to growing companies to help them reap the benefits of a converged infrastructure and Dell's next generation solutions.5 Dell Financial Services has a wide range of flexible programs aimed at making technology acquisition easy and affordable.

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1 Based on Dell internal testing completed Oct 2012. Dell solution only requires 16 steps to Install and setup chassis, blades, and ESXi cluster. HP BladeSystem Matrix requires 65 steps. Actual results may vary.

2 Based on Dell internal testing in Oct 2012. Each Dell chassis can hold 128 total blades per rack and each Cisco chassis can hold 56 total blades per rack.

3 Based on Dell internal testing in Oct 2012. Cisco chassis has eight 10 gigabit ports per Fabric Extender, with two fabric extenders per chassis, for a total of 16 ports, or 160 Gbps. The Dell chassis has sixteen 10 gigabit ports per PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator, with up to 6 IOAs per chassis, for a total of 96 ports, or 960 Gbps. Actual results may vary.

4 Based on Overall SPECpower_ssj2008 benchmark testing in Oct 2012 comparing a similarly configured solution from Dell and Cisco. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

5 Leasing and financing provided by Dell Financial Services L.L.C. to qualified US customers. All terms subject to credit approval, availability and execution of documentation acceptable to and provided by DFS. Subject to change without notice.

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