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Opera Software, developer of cross-platform Web browser technology, has selected Dell to simplify its data center to deliver a faster, more stable and flexible Internet experience to its customers around the world.

As the user base grows and Opera allows its customers to tailor their Opera solution for more customized content, the company delivers billions of transcoded webpages every month to millions of users.

To meet its business objectives, Opera deployed more than 700 Dell PowerEdge blade servers, 43 Dell PowerEdge blade enclosures and five Dell EqualLogic PS Series storage arrays, which has cut Opera’s power consumption by 35 per cent and increased performance by 33 per cent. This open, standards-based solution also includes a comprehensive set of services, with ProSupport and Custom Factory Integration (CFI) services on every server.

Dell also simplifies server deployment for Opera by delivering hardware locally to each of Opera’s IT sites around the world. Opera’s previous IT supplier could only send hardware to the Oslo headquarters, at which point it was Opera’s responsibility to distribute the units to its data centers, which was costly and time-consuming.

Opera’s server infrastructure is supported by the Dell EqualLogic PS6000 Series of iSCSI storage arrays, on which Opera has standardized its entire storage infrastructure. Opera can now manage its entire global storage estate from Oslo, saving the company significant management time, as previously IT staff relied on local storage at each site. In addition, the scalability and breadth of the Dell EqualLogic portfolio will allow Opera to future-proof its IT environment through a single solution provider.