IDC's Asia/Pacific Datacenter Study, 2008, revealed how most datacenter owners in the region feel their datacenters are reaching end-of-life. These were built six to 10 years ago, and many datacenter managers are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with today's business requirements and technologies. Higher power densities in today's servers are posing a huge challenge for these datacenters that were built at a time when 2-3KW per rack was more than enough. However, the average has more than doubled today and even higher if an end user is looking at high-performance workloads. Add to that the challenge of not being able to cool the datacenter such that servers do not overheat. Indeed, the layout and design of the facility is causing huge challenges for datacenter owners to keep their servers up and running.
The current state of the datacenter, demands a transformation that helps in improving space utilization and lowering power consumption while still providing the scale and availability the business requires. Today, lowering the energy and administration/management costs are two key focus areas of datacenter managers in the Asia/Pacific region.
Dell's 11th Generation servers include smarter design, integrated simplified management, and better energy efficiency. In addition, Dell is making the offerings virtualization friendly with Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series, embedded hypervisors, expanded memory footprint and I/O, and services that help decide on the right virtualization strategy.