Dell Introduces Industry’s First Automated Workstation Software to Improve Application Performance

Tue Apr 2, 2013 9:01am EDT

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* Dell Precision Performance Optimizer simplifies, automates and optimizes Dell
Precision workstation settings to maximize application performance 
* Software can improve application performance by up to 57 percent¹ 
* Application profiles available for Autodesk Maya, PTC Creo and Dassault
SolidWorks with other profiles available soon

ROUND ROCK, Texas--(Business Wire)--
Dell today announced Dell Precision Performance Optimizer (DPPO), the industry`s
first software that automatically configures Dell Precision workstation settings
to maximize performance of engineering, design and digital content creation
applications. DPPO is preloaded with profiles for popular applications such as
Autodesk Maya, PTC Creo and Dassault SolidWorks and once activated automatically
adjusts system settings to optimize performance. Additional features include
proactive system maintenance and tracking and reporting of system utilization -
helping Dell Precision customers enhance and speed up their design and render
times. 

Dell Precision Performance Optimizer is an extension of Dell`s existing
workstation tools designed to provide customers maximum performance and
dependability so they can remain focused on being creative. For example, as part
of the Dell Precision Technology Program, Dell engineers work closely with
technology partners to architect, design and test joint solutions providing
customers assurance that their hardware is compatible and optimized for their
software. Dell also develops and provides recommended configurations for
customers` specific software and workflows through the Dell Precision
Workstation Advisor. Dell Precision Performance Optimizer is the next step in
Dell serving as the trusted advisor to help customers maximize efficiency and
productivity. 

Dell Precision Performance Optimizer offers three main features to enable
comprehensive yet simplified system optimization and eliminate the guesswork
from adjusting system settings:

* Automatic Performance Optimization - DPPO comes preloaded with predefined
performance profiles for popular applications such as Autodesk Maya, PTC Creo
and Dassault SolidWorks. Unlike other tools, once activated, the software
automatically adjusts system configurations such as CPU, memory, storage,
graphics and operating system settings whenever a supported application is
launched. This allows workers to quickly improve workstation performance when
switching between applications and projects, like moving from rich animation
projects to detailed CAD design. Based on Dell testing and benchmarking, users
can experience up to 57 percent increase in application performance¹ with DPPO. 
* System Maintenance - IT professionals and users can gain greater control and
knowledge of their system through automated or manual updates for new drivers,
BIOS, application software, firmware and other vital components. This helps
ensure systems are running optimally and increases user productivity. 
* Tracking & Reporting - The application also includes advanced tools to analyze
and model system utilization such as how much free memory is available,
processor utilization, thermal sensor data, battery state and more. Detailed
reports can be scheduled to run and analyze system utilization at any time, even
during intensive tasks like compiling code or rendering frames.

Pricing & Availability:

Dell Precision Performance Optimizer is free and is pre-installed on Dell
Precision T1650, T3600, T5600, T7600, M4700 and M6700 workstations with Windows
7 (32 & 64 bit) and Windows 8 (64 bit) operating systems. Application profiles
are currently available in English for Autodesk Maya, PTC Creo, Dassault
SolidWorks with Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Media Encoder
and other profiles available soon. French and German languages will be available
for download in the coming months with other languages available later this
year. 

Quotes:

"We`re excited to continue introducing innovative new solutions like Dell
Precision Performance Optimizer that empower our customers with uncompromising
performance, dependability and design," said Efrain Rovira, executive director
of Dell Precision. "From hardware design to software enhancements, we are always
looking for new and meaningful ways to make our workstation customers more
productive." 

"Broadcast and video pros demand top performance and increased speed to
optimally run Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Media Encoder," said Simon
Williams, director of strategic relations at Adobe. "Dell`s announcement today
is a big step forward for our users to have improved productivity for faster
project completion and enhanced creativity." 

"We work closely with Dell to make sure our software runs smoothly on Dell
Precision Workstations, and we`re excited how today`s solution helps to further
enhance our customer`s experience," said Mark Strassman, vice president of Media
and Entertainment Industry Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk. "As a result,
Autodesk Maya users can create more engaging content faster using Dell Precision
workstations." 

"PTC and Dell have a long history of delivering technology solutions that
transform the way our customers create and service products," said Brian
Thompson, Vice President of PTC Creo Product Management at PTC. "We are excited
about the potential for Dell Precision Performance Optimizer to deliver
additional value for PTC Creo customers using Dell Precision workstations." 

Additional Information:

* Dell on Twitter
* Dell Precision
* Dell Precision Performance Optimizer Blog
* Dell Precision Performance Optimizer In-Depth Video
* Dell Precision Performance Optimizer Overview Video

About Dell:

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology
and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit
www.dell.com. 

Dell and Dell Precision are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any
proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

PTC and Creo are trademarks or registered trademarks of PTC Inc. or its
subsidiaries in the U.S. and in other countries.

¹ Based on system graphics composite score from testing at Dell labs December
2012 using a Dell Precision M6700 with Nvidia Quadro K3000M comparing
factory-installed default settings against DPPO optimized settings running
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Performance Test. Actual performance will vary
based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

Dell
Lauren Mauro, 512-300-3066
lauren_mauro@dell.com
or
WPP Team Dell
Rebecca Wolfe, 212-798-9880
rebecca.wolfe@WPPTeamDell.com



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