Dell takes new stab at blade design

Competitors criticize Dell for a lack of engineering expertise, but the company said one significant computer due to launch in November is its own design: its second-generation blade server, the PowerEdge 1855.

The PowerEdge 1855–and a successor, the 1955, due in February–is expected to use a chassis 12.25 inches tall that can accommodate 10 dual-processor blades, according to sources familiar with the design. With Dell’s blades, 60 servers can fit in a single rack, which can accommodate only 42 of today’s conventional dual-processor servers.

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Dell is doing what it can in server design EXCEPT using AMD Opterons. Dell continues to claim that their decision is NOT based on special incentives from Intel, but simply on customer demand. Hmm.