For the first time Dell is No. 1 in worldwide unit shipments of x86-based Linux servers, according to the most recent data compiled by market researcher IDC.
Dell also retained its top x86-based Linux server shipment position in two of the world’s largest regional markets, the U.S., and Japan.
“We attribute our continued success in the Linux server market to our focus on addressing customer needs through our scalable enterprise strategy,” said Judy Chavis, Dell’s director of business development and global alliances. “With a combination of performance, ease of deployment and management, our Linux solutions for the scalable enterprise help customers scale information technology as their business needs require.”
For example, high-performance computing (HPC) — in which Linux is a popular alternative to more costly Unix systems — is a key strength for Dell. High-performance computing clusters (HPCC) combine multiple Symmetric Multi-Processor (SMP) computer systems together with high-speed interconnects to achieve the raw-computing power of classic “big-iron” supercomputers.
In a recent Summit Strategies report on Dell’s high-performance computing clusters (HPCC), Dell is cited for its strong progress in the HPC marketplace with its primarily Linux-based servers.
According to the Summit Strategies report, Dell’s progress is largely a result of “having spent a lot of time and effort making it easy for its customers to design, deploy and manage their HPCC environments.” The report also states that “Dell was the first major computer maker to create packaged HPC bundles. And the company’s investment in creating pre-packaged HPC solutions combined with simplified ordering, easy deployment and ongoing support is paying back in increased market share.”
Open Source-Ready Client Configurations
Dell is extending its Linux server momentum to the desktop market, addressing increasing customer interest in open source-enabled client systems. Small-and medium-sized businesses and Linux enthusiasts now can choose from Dell “n-series” OptiPlex and Dimension models in addition to other desktop configurations.
OptiPlex customers who use Dell’s custom factory integration service can elect to have an open-source operating system installed. IT professionals who want control over operating system development and installation have the option of purchasing a system with a copy of FreeDOS. Tech-savvy Linux enthusiasts have a similar option with the purchase of an n-series Dimension consumer desktop.
The state of Indiana recently took advantage of this option, purchasing 1,600 n series desktops based on Intel platforms for a program aimed at eventually providing a Linux computer for each high school student in the state.