PowerEdge 1435SC (Click to enlarge)
AMD says "Dude, you're getting a Dell!"

Today at Oracle OpenWorld, AMD Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz delivered the opening day keynote address, discussing how the IT industry has entered a new era of choice, and the impacts that will result from this industry phenomenon.

“This era of greater, real choice will benefit one audience in particular: customers,” said Ruiz. “With greater choice comes greater competition. With greater competition comes greater innovation. As IT choices multiply throughout the next decade, customers will see an acceleration of innovation unlike any they have experienced. The future of innovation will rest far more on the choices customers – not their vendors – make.”

Ruiz then welcomed several guests to the stage, one of them being Michael Dell. Ruiz began to roll a video to announce a new AMD partnership, but Dell switched off the video and told all attendees that they would have the news at Dell's speech in the afternoon.

As predicted, Dell unveiled the PowerEdge 6950 and PowerEdge SC1435, both powered by AMD Opteron processors.

The Dell PowerEdge 6950 features quad Opterons running from 2.0 GHz to 2.8 GHz and the PowerEdge SC1435 features dual Opterons ranging from 1.8 GHz to 2.8 GHz. Both PowerEdge servers' 2.8 GHz variants are "SE" Opterons, which were proeviously only available in servers from Sun Microsystems.

“The PowerEdge 6950 and PowerEdge SC1435 continue Dell’s unwavering commitment to meet customer needs and lead the industry in price-performance and performance per watt,” said Brad Anderson, senior vice president, Dell Product Group.

The PowerEdge 6950 sits above the Intel-powered 6850 and provides superior performance with a 20 percent less power consumption, according to Dell's news release. Also stated is that the PowerEdge SC1435 replaces the Intel-based SC1425, but both were listed on the Dell website at time of writing.

Available now worldwide, the PowerEdge 6950 and PowerEdge SC1435 with dual-core, next-generation AMD Opteron processors are priced from $6,499 and $1,299, respectively.

This is the latest design win for AMD in the recent string of agreements with Dell. Earlier in the month, Alienware and Dell introduced AMD LIVE! systems, and in September Dell brought AMD chips to its Dimension desktops.

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