Dell Enhances Virtual Integrated System Architecture

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The company upgraded its Virtual Integrated System architecture to offer expanded services and support for application management.

Dell introduced new capabilities and services for its Virtual Integrated System architecture, which allows businesses to scale their environment up or down to match the variability of workloads. The VIS architecture incorporates modular components that integrate with customers’ existing IT environments. The company said VIS architecture components can be purchased individually and do not require customers to make separate hardware purchases.

The solution’s architecture and services help customers transition technologies to an open, cloud-like model that provisions application workloads and unifies heterogeneous compute, storage and networking assets into a common pool of resources. Its modular components integrate with customers’ existing IT environments, including AIM (Advanced Infrastructure Manager), VIS Self-Service Creator and VIS Director. The VIS architecture is also designed to integrate into a customer’s broader systems management strategy by working with partners like Microsoft, VMware, Citrix and BMC.

AIM helps simplify data center management by enabling a single administrator to allocate server, storage and network resources against application workloads. The solution can also bring together heterogeneous hardware offerings and virtualization hypervisors to create virtual pools of resources; AIM abstracts the hardware and virtualization layers from the data center. Self-Service Creator can shorten the time it takes to deploy business applications by standardizing and automating the way applications are deployed. The component has a Web-based portal that enables authorized users to select, deploy and manage a customized catalog of IT applications and resources.

VIS Director, the IT operations hub for the virtual environment, gives businesses a view of virtual dependencies and enables customers to identify issues within the virtual environment. The module includes advanced reporting, what-if and trend analysis, capacity and utilization reporting, and cost allocation and chargeback solutions.

"IT organizations are closely evaluating the cost, management and agility benefits of IT infrastructure and cloud-based computing models," said Matt Eastwood, group vice president of enterprise platforms at IDC. "There are currently two general approaches to converged infrastructures: single-vendor solutions and open-architecture solutions that focus on interoperability and extending legacy investments. Dell’s VIS architecture is consistent with its commitment to open technology architectures. IDC believes this approach will resonate with customers that are looking to preserve these legacy investments while reaping the benefits of cloud computing."

In addition, Dell announced services for the VIS architecture, including a consulting service and ProSupport Services, which provide software-specific expertise combined with Dell’s support infrastructure. Dell ProSupport capabilities have been expanded to include support for the Dell VIS components that spans a company’s IT environment. Features include basic-to-advanced software troubleshooting and software subscriptions with remote deployment assistance of patches and updates.

"Cloud computing is the emerging frontier for IT, and there’s no doubt it’s providing customers with demonstrable benefits in terms of cost savings and agility," said Dell’s enterprise product group senior vice president Brad Anderson. "Dell’s VIS architecture is unique in that it works with a customer’s existing architecture and their current products and investments–whether from Dell or another provider. Customers absolutely value this flexibility and approach to meeting their IT challenges."