Posted By Rich Miller On May 15, 2008 @ 8:45 am In Dell,Technology | Comments Disabled
Density of this type is certainly not unheard of (half depth or twin 1U’s), but by going to a 2U chassis we were able to fit it with larger, more efficient fans and stack 3 rows of full 3.5″ drives across the front. So, even with a 25% higher density than general purpose blades, it provides three local spindles of 3.5″ SAS/SATA disk to each server. Of course there are tradeoffs. This was expressly designed for an environment with high node failure tolerance – a cloud application. By designing out a lot of the capabilities that weren’t required (like redundant power) we were able to deliver the performance and power profile required. Efficiencies are gained by shared resources – as seen in a lot of general purpose designs available today.The XS23 Cloud Server is not generally available, and “not completely productized to bear a PowerEdge badge.” Dell promises to share additional designs optimized for cloud architectures in the near future.
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URLs in this post:
 cloud computing blog: http://www.direct2dell.com/cloudcomputing/
 iDataPlex server: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/Apr/23/ibm_launches_idataplex_with_container_option.html
 XS23 Cloud Server: http://direct2dell.com/cloudcomputing/archive/2008/05/13/xs23-cloud-server.aspx
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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