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Dell Drives Energy Efficiency from the Desktop to the Data Center


Dell today reinforced its commitment to lead the industry in energy efficiency by announcing the company’s broadest line of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star 5.0 compliant desktops, workstations and portables. The company also unveiled its Client Energy Savings Calculator, which allows customers to assess and optimize the power consumption and the potential energy savings of their client infrastructures.

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• Select configurations of Dell OptiPlex, Dell Precision, and Latitude commercial client product lines offers customers the widest variety of Energy Star 5.0 compliant systems to help save money and reduce CO2 emissions. Almost all of the desktop, workstation and portable products designed by Dell today consume less than 5 watts in a low-power mode exceeding current levels set by the EPA for energy efficiency. Systems include:
o Dell Latitude 2100, E4200, E4300, E5400, E5500, E6400, E6400 ATG, XT2 and E6400 XFR.
o Dell Precision M2400, M4400, T3500, T5500, T7500, R5400.
o Dell OptiPlex 760, 960, 360, 160 and FX160.
• Dell is also helping customers reduce energy costs through flexible computing, an alternative computing model, where data or computing power are centrally stored and access to data is accessed from multiple client devices. It aims to address the needs of both end users and IT by using client-server (network based) computing and virtualization technologies to improve manageability, data security, compliance and disaster recovery.
• Dell’s new Client Energy Savings Calculator enables businesses to calculate the power consumption and energy savings available to their organizations using Dell OptiPlex, Vostro and Latitude systems. The online tool analyzes configuration options including power supplies, processors, disk drives and storage, memory, graphic adapters and power management. Part of what makes this energy calculator unique is that it enables users to analyze power consumption in different countries and regions.
• OptiPlex customers have the opportunity to have their energy management settings enabled in the factory, making it easier to reduce energy costs right out of the box.
• Dell’s Energy Star 5.0-compliant OptiPlex 960 enables up to 43 percent less power consumption than the previous generation of OptiPlex desktops, comes in packaging that is up to 89 percent recyclable and contains at least 10 percent post-consumer recycled plastic on the small form factor model.
• Recently, Dell also announced that two of its PowerEdge servers meet the EPA’s new Energy Star specifications. These actions are part of Dell’s overall strategy to help customers save money and energy from the desktop to the data center.
• Dell also ranked No. 1 in the first TBR Sustainability Index Benchmark Report. Dell lead the computing sector and scored especially well in renewable energy use and recycling.


• “We’re driving energy efficiency across all of our hardware platforms and our compliance with Energy Star 5.0 is just another illustration of how we strive to lead the industry,” says Todd Forsythe, vice president of Business Client Product Marketing for Dell. “Our vision is to optimize energy efficiency throughout the enterprise—from servers and blades to end point client devices.”
• “Part of Dell’s commitment to the environment is providing customers with computer systems that make a minimal impact on the planet,” said Tod Arbogast, director of Sustainability at Dell. “These energy-efficient products help customers lower their energy costs and help achieve our broader goal of protecting the environment.”


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