It seems Dell has been listening to the market and it customers. The computer maker released four new Precision workstations that have a strong focus on being highly dependable and easy to manage. Dell designed the new workstations, Dell T1650, T7600, T5600, T3600, using market research and feedback from thousands of customers on what was important. Dell used the information to redesign the Precision workstation series completely.
As Kirk Schell, marketing director for Dell’s business client group, said, many organizations now operate 24/7 globally. This environment makes serviceability much more important; so, that’s what Dell has delivered. The Precision workstations use the new Intel E5 series of Xeon chips introduced in March and include a number of features designed to make the machines easier to service.
Dell made several big changes to the Precision line. All of the new workstations include an externally removable power supply, which features a handle that makes it easy to remove. The machines also have generation three PCI Express I/O support and can hold up to 512 GB of quad-channel memory. Customers can get tach of the workstations, except the entry level T1650, with Dell’s Reliable Memory Technology (RMT), which is designed to eliminate memory errors. The redesign also included small changes like moving the USB 3.0 ports to the top of the workstation to allow customers to plugin devices without leaning down.
The high-end T7600, which can contain up 16 cores and a 1,300 watt power supply, includes a number of additional features like:
- A front-accessible, quick release hard drive
- Ability to convert to a rack-mounted unit
- Nvidia Maximus graphics technology that allows simultaneous virtualization and rendering
- Up to four full x16 graphics slots
The T5600 and T3600 includes similar features that make the family of workstations what Dell’s Precision Unit Executive Director, Efrain Rovira, refers to as “the most powerful systems a customer can use to run professional applications.” Pricing for the T7600 begins at $2,149.00; the T5600 starts at $1,879.00. The price for the T5600 begins at $1,099.00. Dell has not published pricing for the T1650.
It will be interesting to see if Dell’s efforts to more closely cater to its customers’ preferences will be differentiate the vendor’s products in the market and drive higher revenue numbers. A boost would certainly be welcome given that the company failed to meet analysts’ expectations in February. If Dell wants to improve its financial picture, enterprise products are definitely the company’s best chance. The enterprise division had a record quarter and accounted for 30% percent of revenue in Dell’s last financial report.