The computer technology universe wasn’t invented entirely by computer companies. Almost everything we take for granted to today was originally invented by, or has ties to, the extremely brilliant minds that made up the telecommunications industry complex starting in the 1950s. From digital communications & networking to the core enablement of the thing we call the Internet, the government agencies and service providers associated with telecommunications deserve the credit.
What we today call the computer industry, especially the personal computer, is a byproduct of the telecom industry inventing technology hobbyists, smart innovators, and risk takers turned from a DIY hobby into a massive industry easily generating hundreds of billions of dollars. We all owe our success to the minds at AT&T, Siemens, Bell Labs, government agencies, and other telecom leaders who knew that the nations required consistently reliable and effective communications infrastructures. In times of adverse weather, national or regional crisis, and catastrophic natural disasters, we all need to be able to communicate with authorities and loved ones.
For Dell our storied history never included a deliberate, focused, and purpose-built drive into the very telecommunications market which helped spawn our industry. We built our success with personal computers, laptops, workstations, business systems, enterprise PC servers, networking, data center storage, services, and now software almost entirely developed for businesses and institutions who run their operations on standards based computing hardware and software.
I am so excited to be writing that Dell is now entering the Telecommunications market with enterprise PC servers designed to meet the exacting reliability and ruggedness standards the telecommunications industry adopted over 40 years ago. With the launch of our 12th Generation PowerEdge™ Server platform, we are adding, initially, two models available with full NEBS level-3 certification and ETSI compliance. These two standards are strict, requiring that machines be capable of handling temperature, vibration, shock, dust-filled air, fire retention, and DC power support the telecommunications market demands for their cellular tower base stations and central office installations.
The new Carrier Grade PowerEdge R620 and R720 servers are 1U and 2U rack mount servers which operate identically with operating systems and applications as our standard Enterprise products offered to IT data centers. Based on the same core platforms are the systems sold on Dell.com which use industry standard core technologies, we are delivering efficiencies rarely seen in the current telecommunications market. Offered by Dell OEM Solutions and aimed at Network Equipment Providers around the world, the new carrier grade platforms offer the same commitment to supply chain excellence, testing and qualification, support, serviceability, and global availability our customers have come to expect from us.