Small form factor workstations a fit for small businesses

Dell has expanded its Precision workstation portfolio with several new models, including a new small form factor device and a new mini tower that could be an attractive fit for small businesses in need of some computing power.

The new models are the Dell Precision T1700 small form-factor, the Dell Precision R7610 rack workstation, and the Dell Precision T1700 Mini-Tower.

According to Dell, its Precision T1700 small form-factor (SFF) is about 30 per cent smaller than competitive offerings, making it easier to deploy in space-constrained work stations. Both the T1700 SFF and the Precision T1700 Mini-Tower (MT) are designed and certified for engineering, architecture and finance professionals, but Dell also says they’re ideal for higher education and students working computing-intensive applications such as entry-level 3D simulation.

Both models offer next generation Intel workstation-class processors, NVIDIA and AMD graphics with PCIx x16 Gen 3 slots and expanded ISV certifications.

Dell’s new Precision R7610 rack workstation contains he same power as the vendor’s flagship T7600 tower workstation in a 2U rack form-factor designed for data centres or OEM embedded solutions. It can be used by up to four users without losing performance using Citrix technology.The R7610 can support up to four single wide graphics cards or up to three double-wide NVIDIA Quadro K5000 cards.

“Dell continues to build on our heritage of developing innovative, cutting edge workstation technology by adding the smallest tower and most powerful rack workstation to our Dell Precision portfolio,” said Neil Hand, vice-president, for tablet and performance PCs at Dell, in a statement. “With increased power, reliability and new virtualization capabilities, these workstations deliver uncompromising performance, dependability and smart design that engineers and other high-end application users need to be successful.”

The R7610 rack workstation will be available on May 21 starting at $2,259. The T1700 MT and SFF will be available June 4, with pricing available at launch.

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.

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