The Dell PowerEdge R900, the company’s highest performing server ever on SPECjbb testing, and other enhancements to the PowerEdge server lineup were introduced recently at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. The new servers will be available to order worldwide before the end of November.

The four-socket, 4U server was designed from the ground up for running mission-critical enterprise databases and applications. The PowerEdge R900 is also ideal for virtualised environments with its enhanced expandability, memory and the latest Intel Xeon Quad-Core processors.
The Dell PowerEdge R900 can deliver unmatched database performance – running Oracle Database 10g Release 2, topping SPECjAppServer2004 results from Sun and Hewlett-Packard for 2-node servers. With the highest SPECjbb2005 scores of any 4-socket server in the industry, the PowerEdge R900 can also deliver industry-leading server performance for general computing.
With the PowerEdge R900, Dell continues to reduce information-technology complexity and provide relevant solutions for enterprise environments with the industry’s first in-line firmware updates. With new Dell PowerEdge servers, customers are no longer forced to take hard drives off-line and then flash new firmware. Updates are delivered in-line in seconds.
The R900 provides an energy-efficient solution with the power to process the most demanding enterprise applications, including:  
* Standards-based power monitoring capabilities for controlling power consumption and energy-related expenses;
* Strengthened security with the new Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and other features for protecting critical information; and
* Enhanced systems management through Dell OpenManage 5.3, providing customers with greater, more simplified control of datacentres and virtual environments.
In addition to the R900, Dell has furthered its commitment to server performance and energy efficiency with updated versions of the PowerEdge 1950, 2950 and 2900.
By enhancing the company’s most popular servers, Dell is helping customers to decrease complexity by reducing energy costs, running software faster and deploying and managing servers more easily and securely through a variety of simplifying features including:
*  Increased processor capability and improved performance using new Intel Xeon 5400 series processors, which have been shown to run Java business applications up to 27% faster than the same server with an Intel Xeon 5300 series processor.
* New High Efficiency Power Supplies that help customers reduce power wastage especially at low server utilisation levels.
* The introduction of Internal USB headers help provide additional flexibility when it comes to default image and diagnostic tool storage while also providing a platform that can take advantage of the growing embedded application trends in the industry.
* Realtime standards-based power monitoring capabilities allowing customer take back control of their datacentre.
* Support for PMBus, iSCSI boot, and 10 gigabit Ethernet technology standards; and
* A variety of security features permit easier protection of critical information.
Additionally, two new PowerEdge servers – The PowerEdge R200 and PowerEdge T105 – will help customers of all sizes simplify server environments. For example, the Dell PowerEdge R200 is a rack-dense server designed to meet network infrastructure computing needs. The Dell PowerEdge T105 is an entry-level one-socket tower model designed for small businesses and is ideal for e-mail, Web and file/print services for a small workgroup or as a dedicated application server.