Dell brings enterprise computing to SMEs

Dell has introduced a family of servers and a new storage system in an attempt to bring enterprise computing to small and...

Dell has introduced a family of servers and a new storage system in an attempt to bring enterprise computing to small and medium-sized businesses.

Last week the company introduced two single-processor Dell Poweredge servers developed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses. Prices for the two models, the Poweredge 700, a tower server, and the Poweredge 750, a 1U rack mount system, start at £499.

Both servers feature Intel's latest Pentium 4 processors with 1Mbyte cache and are designed to run applications such as e-mail, web, file and print. The servers include Dell's Openmanage systems management tools.

In early February Dell introduced the CX300 and CX500 storage systems. The CX300 is designed for small businesses, and the CX500 is targeted at medium-sized companies. Both servers are based on low-cost serial ATA drives - the CX3000 can scale to 13.4Tbytes and the CX500 offers up to 28.5Tbytes of storage.

In addition, Dell is developing an entry-level storage area network system in a bid to attract SMEs put off by more expensive Fibre Channel hardware. The San product is due to ship in the second quarter of 2004.

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