Dell servers eye Linux

* Servers will support LAMP stack, MySQL Network and JBoss Networks

Dell made inroads into the Linux server space last week at LinuxWorld in San Francisco.

The company extended its servers into the Linux market with the announcement that it would support the LAMP stack, MySQL Network and JBoss Networks. LAMP is an open source Web platform that includes Linux, the Apache Web server, the MySQL database and Perl, Phython or PHP. Customers can now get subscriptions to the MySQL Network and JBoss Network support from Dell. The Linux in the LAMP stack is either Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server http://www.networkworld.com/news/2005/080905-novell-mysql.html.

The company also announced two new servers - the PowerEdge 830 and 850 - which use dual-core technology. In dual-core, two processors are placed in a single socket, thus saving on power consumption and increasing multitasking performance http://www.networkworld.com/news/2005/080805-linuxworld.html.

The 830 and 850 have twice the memory of their predecessors and a choice of three different processors. They are available with a 2.53-GHz Intel Celeron, 2.8- or 3.6-GHz Intel P4 or a 3.0- or 3.2-GHz Intel Pentium D dual-core processor.

The PowerEdge 8501 has 79% better performance than the PowerEdge 750.1, according to Dell’s claims; the PowerEdge 8302 has a 60% performance increase over the PowerEdge 900.2.

The 830 is designed for workgroups within enterprise-size businesses or remote offices. It is available in a tower configuration.

The 850 is a 1U high rack-mount server designed for small business or cost-sensitive data center customers. 

In addition, the PowerEdge 830 has optional hot-plug SCSI RAID arrays; the PowerEdge 850 uses PCI-Express and has dual embedded Gigabit Ethernet adapters. Both servers support up to 8 G bytes of RAM and Serial ATA or U320 SCSI drives.

Both servers ship with Dell’s OpenManage Suite, whose Web-based interface lets IT administrators remotely manage and configure the servers. They support Red Hat, SuSE Linux and Windows Server 2003.

The Dell PowerEdge 830 and 850 are expected to be available this month starting at $699 and $749, respectively. 

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