Dell builds out its data center architecture vision

Dell builds out its data center architecture vision

Summary: Dell rolled out its data center vision, an effort dubbed the Virtual Integrated System architecture, that aims to cater to enterprise customers who are looking to migrate to cloud computing while preserving investments in existing legacy gear.

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Dell on Wednesday will roll out its data center vision, an effort dubbed the Virtual Integrated System architecture, that aims to cater to enterprise customers who are looking to migrate to cloud computing while preserving investments in existing legacy gear.

This Virtual Integrated System (VIS) comes as IT pros are being constantly pitched with new data center architectures. HP talks converged infrastructure. Cisco has the Unified Computing System. IBM and Oracle also have their visions. Dell is trying to position itself as a more open data center stack and one that will play well in hybrid cloud environments. The VIS move is also a coming out party for Dell's software effort since it is featuring data center management software as well applications to deploy enterprise software.

But the overall message from Dell is that its architecture isn't a "one-size-fits-all approach."

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Eric Endebrock, Dell's enterprise marketing manager, said many architecture options seem to cater to already virtualized environments. The problem: "Customers aren't all virtualized yet," he said. "We aim to deliver immediate efficiency with existing gear and allow you to bring legacy along with you as you move to the cloud. Our customers have legacy stuff they can’t ignore.”

The key components of Dell's VIS includes:

  • Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) aims to allocate server, storage and network workloads in a heterogeneous environment. In a nutshell, AIM aims to create virtualized resource pools. This tool is based on the technology acquired in the Scalent deal.
  • VIS Self-Service Creator is designed to automate the way applications are deployed. A web portal will allow authorized users to deploy workloads internally as well as in Amazon Web Services and public clouds. Dell has licensed this technology and will add its own intellectual property to it over time.
  • VIS Director will be an IT operations hub that illustrates the virtual environment and various dependencies to allow IT managers to plan for future capacity. This piece of Dell's architecture will arrive in early 2011.

Overall, Dell's message to be an evolutionary cloud path---and revolutionary when needed---could resonate for IT managers. The challenge for Dell will be standing out in the data center game where every vendor talking the same virtualization, automation and app deployment game.

Topics: Data Centers, Dell, Hardware, Storage

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  • Data Centers should have companies that build real servers.

    Dell, one of the leaders of desktops and laptops, never a leader of servers, now plans on a data center. Ha, I won't risk my data there. Dell market is going away, and they have treated way too many customers poorly. They should concentrate on their laptop business and see if they can get that back.
    wgwalker@...
  • RE: Dell builds out its data center architecture vision

    Hasnt VMware already cracked this nut?
    csiebert@...
  • Dell Enterprise

    http://www.articlesbase.com/hardware-articles/5-reasons-why-dell-servers-are-the-market-leader-3279069.html

    98 percent of the Fortune 500, including Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook, all use Dell for their data centers. And 10 million SMB's. hmmm.
    SPQR151
  • Stunned

    Speaking strictly as an Old F@rt, I admit to having been taken aback by the idea that Dell would have something called "an enterprise vision" and that anyone would take it seriously. Was it really so long ago that guys like Dell were outside the wall, trying to get into the data center, while IT shops considered PC vendors 'the enemy'? Now here they are trying to preserve their customers' investments in "legacy gear," which is not a bunch of old IBM iron but stuff that Dell made. Ha ha ha.
    Robert Hahn
    • RE: Dell builds out its data center architecture vision

      @Robert Hahn

      Move over grampa, your days are numbered.
      Duke E Love
  • RE: Dell builds out its data center architecture vision

    Dell not a player in the Enterprise? You guys are acting like Dell has no data center presence at all. Nothing like spouting off about a topic where you're woefully misinformed.

    Dell is clearly one of the market leaders in enterprise gear, right up there with HP. Dell's Data Center Services division makes some of the most interesting products on the market (lead by the PowerEdge C line), units designed as a direct result with large-scale cloud partners like Yahoo and Google.

    Heck, if you took DCS *alone* and carved it out as a separate company, it would be one of the largest server manufacturers in the world. And DCS is just a part of Dell's overall enterprise products/strategy.

    Maybe you're confusing Dell with Cisco, and their first-ever servers?
    BigBlueDoggie