Opera partners with Dell for datacentre server upgrade

Opera announced today that it has teamed up with Dell as part of efforts to simplify its datacentre, increasing performance and reducing power consumption.

The net browser company chose over 700 Dell PowerEdge blade servers, 43 Dell PowerEdge blade enclosures, and five Dell EqualLogic PS Series storage arrays. All of this has resulted in a 35 percent drop in power consumption and a 33 percent rise in performance, so clearly Opera is pretty happy for having chosen some Dell machines.

Rikard Gillemyr, EVP of Engineering at Opera, said that Dell understood Opera’s “pain points” as a growing company and that it could simplify his company’s IT environment. “With Dell, we expect to make significant cost savings across our infrastructure, and we are looking forward to further collaboration as our business expands,” he added.

Opera is also working on a range of services that come with the Dell machines, including ProSupport and Custom Factory Integration on every server.

All of the new servers are in place in Opera’s base of operations in Oslo, allowing the company to work from a centralised location, getting rid of its San Francisco, Warsaw, and other datacentres, further cutting costs and increasing efficiency.

“Opera is poised for tremendous growth over the coming years, and working with Opera demonstrates Dell’s ability to deliver open, capable and affordable solutions in support of our customer’s business objectives. With this approach, we help deliver significant and fast returns on investment and management time, allowing companies to ‘do more with less’ and focus resources on innovation rather than just maintaining status quo,” said Stephen Murdoch, VP & GM of Large Enterprise of EMEA at Dell.

Opera recently released the 10.60 beta of its net browser, so this datacentre upgrade comes not long before the final release.