Dell and Microsoft are integrating their infrastructure management suites as a way of giving Dell customers easier management and deployments capabilities for both physical and virtualized environments. In addition, the integrations of Dell's OpenManage offerings and Microsoft's System Center suite will help enterprises and SMBs control power consumption and cooling costs in their data centers, according to Dell officials.
Dell is integrating its OpenManage systems management offerings with
Microsoft's System Center
suite in a move designed to help enterprises and SMBs more easily handle their
The integrated offerings, announced May 27, touch on everything from client
systems to servers to virtualization capabilities, and give users-particularly small
and midsize businesses-management capabilities they have been pushing for,
according to Dell officials.
Enrico Bracalente, senior strategist for product marketing at Dell, said the
company's SMB customers-those with up to 500 client systems and 20 servers-are looking
"They want something that's easy to use, they want something that's easy to
install, and they want something that's easy to manage," Bracalente said in an
interview. "They want to get up and running easily and without any complications."
They also want a single console through which they can monitor, deploy and
update their infrastructure resources, he said.
To that end, Dell is offering midsized enterprises Microsoft's System Center
Essentials management suite-which includes Microsoft System Center Essentials
2007 and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008-as a packaged
solution with Dell's PRO-Pack (Performance and Resource Optimization Pack) and
its own Management Packs that will make it easier for businesses to centrally
manage both physical and virtualized environments.
Dell also is offering consulting services around Microsoft's Hyper-V
virtualization technology. The company's Hyper-V
Technology Introduction and FastTrack Design services with Advanced Management
options are aimed at helping businesses more quickly deploy and configure
Hyper-V infrastructures. In addition, Dell and Microsoft offer reference
configurations to help businesses speed up the implementation of Windows Server
2008, Hyper-V and System Center
Dell's Infrastructure Consulting members help in the design and
implementation of all Microsoft infrastructure.
In addition, the integration of Dell Management Packs with Microsoft's
System Center Operations Manager 2007 and System Center Essentials 2007 enables
users to monitor and manage Dell products-from servers and client systems to
storage and printers-in multivendor hardware and software environments.
Dell's Server and Business Client Hardware Update Catalog tools also
integrate with Microsoft's management software-including System Center
Configuration Manager 2007, Essentials 2007 and Windows Server Update Service-to
make sure that drivers, BIOS and firmware are automatically updated.
The two vendors also are addressing power and cooling costs by giving users
the ability to monitor and control the energy efficiency of hardware and
software, and Dell's Server Deployment Pack is integrated with Microsoft's
System Center Configuration Manager to automate the configuration and
deployment of Dell's PowerEdge servers and blade systems.
"We wanted to make this a one-stop shop" for customers, Bracalente said.