Dell study demonstrates PowerEdge M610 blade servers delivers better performance and consumes less energy

  • Tests show Dell PowerEdge blade servers outperformed
    competitors’ blades in energy efficiency and performance-per-watt,
    regardless of utilization levels
  • Over
    the course of five years, Dell blades can help customers reduce energy
    costs by up to $60,000 when compared with similar solutions
  • Energy savings can reduce environmental impacts for customers and the planet
  • This
    is consistent with Dell’s ongoing strategy to eliminate data center
    inefficiencies through open, capable and affordable IT solutions

Customers in the Virtual Era
require technology solutions that provide the right balance of
performance, manageability and energy efficiency. Dell today released
the findings of a study that demonstrates the company’s PowerEdge M610
blade servers with M1000e enclosure delivers better performance per watt
and consumes less energy overall than HP BL460C blade servers with
C7000 enclosure and IBM HS22 blade servers with BladeCenter H enclosure.
Dell’s ultra-efficient blades can consume up to 20 percent less power
per blade server than identically-configured competitive offerings
and help provide an ideal platform for environmentally conscious IT
managers looking to reduce operating costs and the environmental impact
of their data centers.

With energy
costs continuing to rise and operating expenses under increased
scrutiny, IT managers share a common and pressing problem: how to
improve productivity while significantly reducing power and cooling
costs. In like-for-like comparisons using the SPECpower_ssj2008 industry
standard benchmark, the Dell M1000e blade enclosure fully populated
with 16 M610 blade servers demonstrated advantages over fully HP C7000
enclosure with 16 BL460C blade servers and IBM BladeCenter H enclosure
with 14 HS22 blade servers in both power draw and performance-per-watt,
regardless of utilization levels.

Computing More While Consuming Less

energy-efficiency of Dell’s blades demonstrates the company’s
commitment to developing the industry’s highest performing blade server
solutions while making it easy and more cost-effective for customers to
be environmentally conscious. The white paper, available today,
compares Dell M1000e enclosure (fully populated with 16 M610 blade
servers) against the HP C7000 (fully populated with 16 BL460C G6 blade
servers) and the IBM BladeCenter H (fully populated with 14 HS22 blade
servers) . The benchmarks revealed:

  • All fully
    populated, the Dell M1000e enclosure achieved up to 15 percent higher
    performance/watt than the HP C7000 and up to 22 percent higher
    performance/watt than the IBM BladeCenter H.
  • Despite
    containing two more blade servers, t he Dell M1000e enclosure used up
    to 63.6 percent less power at idle than t he IBM BladeCenter H
    enclosure, both fully populated.
  • In the
    CPU utilization midrange (40–60 percent), the Dell M1000e enclosure used
    up to 13–17 percent less power per server than the HP C7000. Similarly,
    16 Dell PowerEdge M610 blade servers used up to 19-20 percent less
    power per server than t he IBM BladeCenter H enclosure fully populated
    with 14 HS22 blade servers.
  • Both fully
    populated, the Dell M1000e used up to 24 percent less power at idle and
    up to 13 percent less power at 100 percent CPU utilization than an HP

To put these numbers in perspective, consider this scenario. If a customer were to deploy

PowerEdge M610 blades in 10 fully populated Dell M1000e chassis versus a
160 blade server solution from HP and 140 blade servers from IBM, over
the course of five years they could expect to save up to $60,902.80 when compared with a similar solution from HP and up to $ 20,391.40 when compared with a similar solution from IBM.
These cost savings are before additional capital expense savings that
could result from requiring fewer p ower distribution units (PDUs),
uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) and other cooling equipment .

The energy saving only on one fully populated Dell M1000e chassis is enough to power a home for one year.

on Energy Smart technologies, Dell blade solutions take advantage of
thermal design efficiencies, such as ultra-efficient power supplies,
dynamic power efficient fans and optimized airflow design that can
efficiently cool the chassis to enable outstanding performance with low
power consumption. IT managers can also take advantage of power-capping
capabilities, allowing users to control energy consumption while helping
prevent outages that result from power overloads. The Dell M1000e also
delivers one of the industry’s highest levels of efficiency with
Platinum-certified power supplies that can support up to 2700W each. In
addition, Dell provides built-in power monitoring with every M1000e
chassis so users can track energy consumption at any given time.


adoption of power efficient blade servers is playing a crucial role in
enabling organizations to consolidate and manage IT resources while
minimizing energy consumption and related costs,” said Steve Brasen,
senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associations. “By adopting the
SPECpower_ssj2008 benchmark for its evaluation testing, Dell has ensured
reliability in its methodology and can accurately report on providing
one of the most energy efficient server platforms available today.”

understood our challenges running several fast-growing global
services,” said Rikard Gillemyr, Executive Vice President of Engineering
at Opera Software. “ Utilizing a Dell blade solution, we have been able
to make significant savings as a result of improved computing
efficiency and reduced energy consumption.”


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