Dell is shouting about its latest push into the enterprise market, with new products including a new storage product line.
Dell Asia-Pacific advanced group products director Larry Kiernan, in New Zealand last week, claims Dell has always had a focus on the enterprise. “Our account base is large corporates and medium-sized government and education.”
He says rather than doing something new, Dell is broadening its range of enterprise products and focusing on training for staff (certification-level training for enterprise-class needs, which are more complex) and improving and fine-tuning its services.
It is introducing a new storage product line, the highest performing of which is the PowerVault 650F, based on Data General’s Clariion fibre-channel RAID technology. It is Dell’s first foray into the storage market.
Dell has chosen fibre channel as a backbone of its intelligent external storage because it’s emerging as the defacto standard.
The company’s other enterprise product, the PowerEdge 6300 server, uses Intel’s Xeon chip. It supports up to four Intel Pentium II Xeon processors. Kiernan doesn’t have too many concerns about the “DBSY errata” found in the 450NX chipset (for servers with four processors or more). He says the product will ship this month. The PowerVault will ship this quarter.