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Dell bets in virtualization
Posted on 8-May-2008 12:15. | Tags Filed under: News.

Dell bets in virtualization
Dell today announced its broadest lineup of dedicated virtualization solutions ever. More than a dozen new servers, tools, and services for the deployment and management of virtualization in Enterprises of any size, according to the company.

“Virtualization is quickly moving beyond hypervisors and hardware consolidation,” said Rick Becker, vice president of software and solutions, Dell Product Group. “Enterprises are looking for a broad array of servers, storage and services designed specifically for virtualized environments. Having been a leader in the first wave of virtualization, today we are signaling our intent to lead the second.”

Dell has simplified the path to purchase and deploy virtualized Dell PowerEdge servers with updated on-line tools, new e-commerce capability and expanded factory integration.

With the updated Virtualization Advisor tool, customers have more options for building validated configurations on-line for virtualization deployments before purchase. Through, customers can easily upgrade PowerEdge servers purchased with VMware ESXi 3.5 to full VMware Infrastructure 3 enterprise licensing in a single click.

Dell will also offer in coming weeks factory integrated VMware ESXi 3.5 or Citrix XenServer Dell Express Edition across a broad range of PowerEdge servers, including the PowerEdge 2950, R900, 1950, 2900, M600 blade and M605 blade.

The new Dell PowerEdge R805 and R905 deliver servers optimized for virtualization with the PowerEdge R805 offering 2X the memory and I/O capacity of Dell’s previous generation 2 socket servers.

With a choice of VMware ESXi 3.5 or Citrix XenServer Dell Express Edition integrated hypervisors, the PowerEdge R805 and R905 servers can deliver the optimal platform for virtualized environments. The Dell PowerEdge R805 and R905 servers are now available worldwide.

Dell EqualLogic storage arrays offer new SAN-aware integration with VMware Site Recovery Manager for data protection and disaster recovery for virtualized environments at no additional cost in management tools. Combined with Dell EqualLogic patented storage virtualization technology designed to eliminate the complexity of SAN deployment and management, customers can more easily provision and manage their virtual storage environments.

The company also announced the expansion of its virtualization services to include: workships, assessment, automation, design and implementation services.

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