On behalf of Anthony Fernandez from the SQL Database Team:

Working in collaboration with Microsoft, Dell delivers a low cost, high performance, and highly available Fast Track v3.0 Data Warehouse configuration with Dell PowerVault MD3220 6Gbps SAS storage. This solution is optimal for databases up to 8TB in capacity and expandable to almost 20TB with MD1220 expansion arrays. The Dell PowerEdge R710 with two six core Intel® Xeon®X5680 3.3GHz processors delivers the performance to drive large read scan rates from memory of up to 3.6GBps.

 

 

The Dell on Dell configuration offers a balance between cost, capacity, and performance.  This solution is ideal for data warehouse environments that require a proven platform to deliver business insight with reduced complexity.

To download the FastTrack 3.0 Solution Brief, please visit:

http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/enterprise_solutions/m/mediagallery/19874241/download.aspx

For further information check out the whitepaper:
http://content.dell.com/us/en/enterprise/d/business~solutions~whitepapers~en/Documents~sql-server-2008-config-guide-fast-track-data-warehouse-2011.pdf.aspx