Dell has bought out new switches to connect these servers to networks. There is a modular 8-port 10gigE switch (M8924), supporting multiple interface types, and an 8-port Fibre Channel switch courtesy of Brocade (M5024). The 10GigE switch is the first such to have 8 external ports and is a natural choice for linking the new servers to the EqualLogic iSCSI storage.
Dell says its storage can thinly-provision apps running in a Citrix Xenserver environment, doling out the storage actually needed for written data rather than supplying the full allocation up front with lots of spinning but empty disks. The PS storage is also integrated with VMware Virtual Centre and Xenserver for snapshots. There is expanded management support for VMware, Hyper-V and Xenserver.
Michael Dell this week bought $100m of Dell stock. He and his company are on a tightly-scripted, hard-driving mission to become the best virtualized server hardware and storage provider, a one-stop, virtualized server and storage shop. You need switches? We got switches. You need management? We got management? You need services? We got consultants. Whatever you need we got. It's all Dellishly impressive.
Chris at El Reg