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The refinement of the VRTX is seen at all levels, and particularly here we note the ease of chassis management through the CMC WebGUI that allows users to monitor chassis activity, configure shared storage, map PCIe slots, and much much more. Beyond this, when it comes to sticking a high-performance platform in wide spectrum of office environments, the VRTX also hits on plenty of other points. To start, not all locations have a dedicated IT closet or datacenter, meaning the VRTX could be sitting out in the open blending in with other desktop form-factor systems. Also, by designing cooling hardware with acoustics keenly in mind, Dell found a way to not only increase airflow for sub-optimal conditions, but also to emit less noise. In just about all areas, Dell designed the PowerEdge VRTX to be the easiest to deploy "cluster with storage in a box" to hit the market in a way that no other company has even tried to address until now.

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Anyone here had a chance to play with one of these yet? Unfortunately, it'll be 10 years before these start showing up on eBay... tongue.gif
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I attended a demo of this just last week. I think its quite useful for supplementing small or remote offices. There are plenty of options (which we at OCN love) and a built-in 10gb nic. Quite a nice amount of potential, IMO.
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I love, love, love the concept, but based on all of my IT travels there's a thin margin that would need that kind of hardware and could afford that kind of price tag and also need it in such a compact package.

None of my clients are in that group, unfortunately. If they have the money for that kind of IT expenditure, they already have racks with enough room for full size blade enclosures, unified storage, switches, etc.
    
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