November 13, 2008

Dell Breaks Virtualization Performance Records With PowerEdge Servers Based on New Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors

Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) today introduced eight new tower, blade and rack-mount PowerEdge servers based on the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. Leading the industry in virtualization performance, the new PowerEdge servers and blades can help customers reduce IT complexity and costs.

The News:

-- The new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are now available in two- and four-socket Dell PowerEdge servers, including three blade servers (M905, M805, M605), four rack servers (R905, R805, 2970, SC1435) and one tower server (T605).

-- The latest PowerEdge servers offer superior performance and value.

-- Improved Performance: Dell's Dual HT link designs, which doubles the available bandwidth between two processors for an AMD estimated 12% performance improvement.

-- Better Power Efficiency: Increased performance while using about the same amount of power as previous server generations.

-- Investment Protection: Third generation PIN compatible for simple chip swap.

-- PowerEdge servers and blades with new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors lead the industry in virtualization performance.

-- PowerEdge R905 & R805 servers based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor hold no. 1 VMmark Scores for two- and four-socket systems.(2)

-- New systems offer flexibility AMD estimates will provide 25 percent faster VM-to-VM switch time and the ability to VMotion across servers using prior generations AMD Opteron processors.

-- Dell PowerEdge systems are optimized for customer-preferred virtualization solutions from key partners like Microsoft, VMware and Citrix.

-- Dell PowerEdge M-series blades offer unbeatable power efficiency, performance for virtualization and a low total cost of ownership.

-- PowerEdge M905 uses up to 8 percent less power than comparable HP blades and up to 18 percent less power than comparable IBM blades.(3)

-- PowerEdge M905 achieved the No. 1 VMmark score for blades.(1)


-- "Dell understands how to give you the most compute power for your IT dollar. So, we've designed the our AMD processor-based servers and blades to be powerful and virtualization-ready, but simple and affordable," said Brad Anderson, senior vice president, Dell's Business Product Group

-- "AMD has worked hard to develop advanced virtualization capabilities as part of our new 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor," said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager, Server and Workstation division, AMD. "We're glad that Dell has chosen to utilize our virtualization technology in new blade, rack and tower servers, leveraging unique-to-AMD features such as Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI) and AMD Extended Migration, to enable an extremely flexible IT environment that meets the needs of businesses of all sizes."

Additional Information:

More information about Dell PowerEdge Servers with new Quad-Core AMD processors

InsideIT video blog from Sally Stevens, director of PG marketing, about PowerEdge Systems

More information on AMD Opteron processors

VMware VMmark Information

SPEC Website

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(1) Based on SPECjbb2005 benchmark results by Dell Labs comparing PowerEdge R805 servers with 65nm and 45nm Opteron processors. For the latest SPECjbb2005 benchmark results, visit

(2) Based on R905, R805, and M905 VMmark results as compared to published benchmark scores as of November 12, 2008. VMware(R) VMmark(TM) is a product of VMware, Inc. VMmark utilizes SPECjbb2005(R) and SPECweb2005(R), which are available from the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). See for current results.

(3) Source: Principled Technologies, "SPECjbb performance and power consumption on multi-processor Intel- and AMD-based blade servers," an August 2008 report commissioned by Dell.