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Dell pioneers first converged IT solution for SMEs

Caroline Ng | July 8, 2013
The PowerEdge VRTX is designed to meet the growing needs of small and remote offices with its enterprise-class capabilities.

Dell has introduced the first all-encompassing yet converged system of its kind for the small and remote offices.

The PowerEdge VRTX, dubbed as a 'Private Cloud in a Box', is the converged solution of server, storage, networking and management in a desk-side, space-saving design.

Peter Lye, enterprise business development manager, ANZ/ South Asia at Dell, said the solution is the result of ongoing conversations with about 8000 customers, who have raised the need for  integrated solutions in a resource-limited environment. 

SME focus
According to SPRING Singapore, small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) make up 99 percent of all enterprises and employ seven out o f every 10 workers in the city-state.

Given their contribution of nearly half of the country's gross domestic product, the sector is a growing cornerstone for economic success.

"If these companies fail to deliver, it has a significant impact on the employment statistics and GDP figures as well. So, these are the customers we want to address and meet with our solutions," Lye said.

The VRTX was designed to deliver IT simplicity, efficiency and versatility to address the needs of small and remote offices, who often face resource constraints, including manpower and IT budgets, to grow their business.

"So, if you are a company that is growing and you are not sure if you need all these infrastructures in this point in time, you can theoretically just have one server and no hard drive at all," he added. "And as your business grows, add in a second, a third, buy hard drives from us and populate it."

According to research by Dell and Intel this year, SMEs in the U.S. are often handicapped by the lack of flexibility, scalability and the ease of management needed to be competitive and grow efficiently.

Dell aims to solve these issues most commonly faced by SMEs, particularly within the healthcare, retail and banking industries. 

ROBO focus
Besides the focus on SMEs, the converged solution can also be customised to bring enterprise-class convergent technology to remote/ branch offices (ROBO).

This means large enterprises are able to place data centre horsepower out into their remote and branch offices where performance and capacity are needed.

David Imming, vice president of product and services marketing for Emerson Process Management, said customers are increasingly demanding virtualisation as the technology makes it easier for them to expand Emerson's process automation systems, especially in remote locations.

"To date, virtualisation technologies have required expensive, time-consuming and complex server, technology installations. Emerson's early tests of the new Dell PowerEdge VRTX show that it significantly reduces the time, costs, footprint and IT expertise needed for our customers to run and expand their process automation systems," he said. 


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