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Dell targets Windows Server 2012 with latest PowerEdge servers

Dell has announced the 12th generation of its PowerEdge server family, with features designed to take advantage of Windows Server 2012.

Dell's latest PowerEdge servers were designed with large memory support and improved I/O throughput to take advantage of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

They also feature embedded server management that integrates with System Center 2012. Company officials claim PowerEdge updates can be performed up to 11 times faster and in 81% fewer steps than HP servers in a comparable multi-vendor OS and hypervisor environment.

They also noted that the experience gained by Dell in building cloud systems with companies including Microsoft and eBay is available to other customers.

"For decades, Dell has worked with Microsoft to deliver real solutions to customer challenges," said Forrest Norrod, vice president and general manager, Dell Server Solutions.

"This strong partnership has resulted in innovations that accelerate systems deployment and provisioning, and now with agent-free monitoring through the OpenManage Integration Suite for Systems Centre 2012.

"With the latest, award-winning Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers, customers can take immediate advantage of the ground-breaking advancements of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 – like high density PowerEdge servers that enable the new increased scalability of clusters and Windows Server Hyper-V."

Mike Schutz, Microsoft's general manager, product marketing, Windows Server, said "Dell's 12th generation PowerEdge servers take advantage of Windows Server 2012 breakthrough capabilities across storage, networking and virtualisation.

"Dell offers innovations such as the Dell Converged Blade Data Centre for mission-critical Microsoft workloads."


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