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Dell Expands Virtualization, Server, Storage Portfolio

Dell on Wednesday expanded its server and storage portfolio and added more flexible support services and turnkey virtualization configurations for small and medium-sized businesses.In introducing the products and services, Dell says it's attacking the complexity and cost of virtualization and high-performance computing clusters. "Customers are seeking standards-based technologies that improve efficiency while reducing costs," Brad Anderson, senior VP of Dell's Enterprise Product Group, said in a statement.The new services reflect a continuation of Dell's attempt to offer more flexible and modular support particular to the SMB market. The latest ProConsult offerings include electronic discovery, Web-based surveys, best practices, comparative data, and reference architectures to help companies with virtualization and reducing data center costs. The turnkey virtualization configuration comprises a software platform, VMware vSphere 4, and hardware, including Dell PowerEdge M-series blades and EqualLogic PS6000 iSCSI storage technology. For SMBs, Dell combines Microsoft's virtualization software suite and Symantec's backup and PowerConnect networking technology with the Dell PowerEdge R710 rack server, PowerVault MD3000i, and PowerVault DL2000. The new servers include the PowerEdge R410 rack server and the PowerEdge T410 and T710 towers. The R410 and T410 start at $999 and are built for running business applications in small offices. The R410 is a compact rack server optimized for high-performance computing clusters.

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