Xen & VMware: Different Approaches

In a previous post on virtualization, Direct2Dell reader John Oliver asked for a comparison between Xen and VMware. In this post, I’ll cover some of the differences in architecture behind these two virtualization products and how the technology is shaping up for the future. VMware ESX Server’s architecture … READ MORE

Global Enterprise Eng. October 31, 2006

Grid Computing @ Oracle OpenWorld

Note from Lionel: My apologies in advance. The content that follows was part of our activities at Oracle OpenWorld. In working through technical difficulties earlier this week, I overlooked this blog and vlog from Logan McLeod. Since it involves some enterprise topics that Direct2Dell readers have asked about, I thought it still warranted … READ MORE

Logan McLeod, Dell IT Strategist October 27, 2006

Dell Quake 4 Final Results

Like I mentioned in a previous post, last week we had the final match in the Quake 4 tournament in Austin, Texas.  When the smoke cleared, Brent Beimeir defeated Aaron Randall  in a best of five series of matches. At the updated Quake 4 Tournament page, you can see video interviews with … READ MORE

Lionel Menchaca October 26, 2006

Michael @ Oracle OpenWorld

Yesterday afternoon, Michael gave a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld. In it, he discusses how Dell works with companies like Oracle to drive industry standards in the enterprise. He discusses the growth of industry standard servers vs. proprietary ones, and hints at the AMD Opteron servers we launched at the … READ MORE

Lionel Menchaca October 24, 2006

The Road to Global Standardopolis

I won’t have Michael’s keynote until tomorrow, but to tide you over, Michael kicked things off with this clip. I won’t even try to give you an overview of what to expect, but the thumbnail is a good indicator. I give you “The Road to Global Standardopolis.”Video in … READ MORE

Lionel Menchaca October 23, 2006

Dell’s First 4-way Opteron Server

Since we launched the blog in July, several of you have asked for details on our first AMD Opteron servers. The first one that we launched today at Oracle OpenWorld, was the 4-way PowerEdge 6950. It’s built around the Opteron 8200 series of 64-bit dual-core processors (up to … READ MORE

Lionel Menchaca October 23, 2006

Details on Dell’s 2-Way Opteron Server

The second Opteron server we launched today at Oracle OpenWorld is the 2-way PowerEdge SC1435. It utilizes AMD’s Opteron 2200 family of processors (up to 2.8GHz). It supports up to 32GB of 667MHz DDR2 ECC SDRAM, and up to 1TB of internal storage via Serial ATA (SATA) drives. … READ MORE

Lionel Menchaca October 23, 2006

Dell and AMD @ Oracle OpenWorld

Michael made a brief initial appearance at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco this morning during the keynote from Hector Ruiz, chairman and CEO of AMD. This video, where Hector discusses the partnership between Dell and AMD, was part of his keynote. View VideoFormat: wmvDuration: Michael “pulled the plug” … READ MORE

Lionel Menchaca October 23, 2006

Bloatware, Operating System Discs and Dell Software Support

Since Michelle’s post on bloatware, I still get e-mails and comments from users about software.  These comments generally fall into a three main categories: limited software install, operating system CDs, and Dell’s software support policies. We offer limited software installs on XPS gaming systems and select client systems … READ MORE

Lionel Menchaca October 17, 2006
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