Folks from Dell took part in Microsoft's "Heroes Happen Here" launch event in Los Angeles, kicking off a series of more than 225 other events that Microsoft has planned in coming months around the world. Rick Becker, our VP of solutions participated in a luminary panel during the event that focused on data centers of the future.
We like that WS08 as it enables us to make further progress against our goal of simplifying IT for customers. In other words, WS08 on Dell is greener, more flexible and is easier to configure and deploy. It's greener because the power management features of WS08 combined with Dell's PowerEdge servers will enable a more energy efficient computing solution. For example, Dell's PowerEdge M-Series blade server solution running WS08 consumes up to 11 percent less energy and achieves up to 28 percent better performance per watt than similarly configured systems from our competitors. What this means overall is that WS08 on Dell enables customers to create more energy-efficient data centers and effectively deliver on their corporate green IT initiatives.
Dell also makes it easier for customers to migrate to WS08 by leveraging a validated, repeatable migration process. Our infrastructure consulting services is a key component to all of this. Through Dell's unique Longhorn Early Adopter Program our solution providers have obtained hands-on expertise, preparing them to assist customers in the evaluation, assessment, design, migration to and implementation of WS08.
PowerEdge servers with Windows Server 2008 will be available worldwide for order in the first week of March.