Dell servers go green

Dell has launched two new servers designed to offer greater energy efficiency and reduce power costs.

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Dell has launched two new servers designed to offer greater energy efficiency and reduce power costs.

The move comes as concern grows about the increasing consumption of power in datacentres. Industry analyst Gartner has warned that unless the IT industry addresses the issue, power shortages could hit UK datacentres within the next five or six years.

Soaring power costs and fears about impact on the environmental have also prompted greater interest in energy efficient technology.

Dell’s new PowerEdge 1950 and 2950 models include the hardware giant’s Energy Smart technology, introduced in its OptiPlex 740 and 320 desktop machines. The launches form part of Dell’s energy efficiency product strategy, announced in September.

Dell claimed the new server models could provide up to 25% greater performance per watt, and cut power consumption by up to 24%, compared with the standard models.

The standards-based servers’ energy efficiency features include low-flow fan technology, high-efficiency power supplies, low-voltage Intel Dual-Core Xeon processors, and components designed for increased efficiency and air flow.

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