Dell expands converged infrastructure solutions

Dell PowerEdge VRTX targets branch and SMBs; more enterprise level solutions released

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Dell expands converged infrastructure solutions The Dell PowerEdge VRTX is intended to be a flexible, easy to manage solution for SMBs and branch offices.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 11, 2013

Dell has expanded its converged infrastructure portfolio, to include solutions for SMBs and branch offices, and more options for enterprise level user organisations.

For SMB and branch offices, Dell has released a new Dell PowerEdge VRTX converged system. The PowerEdge VRTX is designed to be flexible, scalable and easy to manage for SMBs, and comes in a in a ‘desk-side' form factor. The PowerEdge VRTX uses up to 86% fewer cables compared to using individual task-specific systems. Dell said that the solution will remove the complexity and sprawl of disparate systems, and also offers a channel partners a platform to develop pre-configured, advanced business solutions, particularly for verticals.

Dell has also released updates to Dell OpenManage Essentials for PowerEdge VRTX which include comprehensive, remote, agent-free systems management capabilities with a new geographical view of distributed IT assets that can help save time and reduce potential for error. Bundled with each PowerEdge VRTX system is Dell's Chassis Management Controller (CMC) embedded console, for unified and streamlined control over server, storage and networking components.

For the enterprise sector, Dell announced three new converged systems, as part of its Active Infrastructure 1.1 portfolio, the Dell Active System 50, Dell Active System 200 and Dell Active System 1000, to meet the different requirements of customers.

Dell has introduced new validated workloads for the Active Infrastructure portfolio, that will help customers to deploy common workloads, including key enterprise applications, virtual desktop and private cloud workloads, cutting provisioning times by up to 99%.

The company has also announced Active System Manager 7.1, the management layer for Active System that integrates IP from recently acquired Gale Technologies to automate workload and infrastructure deployment through a single console. Enabling customers to go from eight tools to one, Active System Manager 7.1 features deep virtual integration, including support for the Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere platforms, stateless computing for workload scaling and migrations, rapid infrastructure on-boarding for discovering assets, and a broad compatibility matrix that includes support for Dell and heterogeneous environments.

The company has also released a new version of its modular architecture, which incorporates Dell PowerEdge servers, with increased operational capacity and flexibility. This new solution builds upon the innovation and achievements in energy efficiency engineered into existing Modular Data Center (MDC) technology, expanding capability and choice for rapidly evolving hyperscale customer IT requirements.

"Dell's customer-inspired innovation is driven by our deep understanding of the business realities impacting customers' today, and interpreting those trends through delivery of modern IT architectures conceived and engineered for the needs of different businesses - one size does not fit all," said Marius Haas, president of enterprise solutions for Dell. "With the new solutions we have unveiled today, Dell is demonstrating its differentiated approach to solution development for customers of all sizes - from the small office of five people to the world's largest hyperscale data centres."

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