Dell rolled out last week its vision for the data center, making a pitch for an open system that ties together disparate pieces of hardware.

At the heart of Dell’s so-called Virtual Integrated System (VIS) is software that can manage servers, storage and networking devices from other vendors in addition to Dell’s own offerings. Dell said it hopes to set itself form other competitors, most notably Cisco, by offering choice and flexibility.

“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,” Brad Anderson, senior vice president of Dell’s enterprise product group, said in a statement. “Customers absolutely value this flexibility and approach to meeting IT challenges.”

The Dell VIS architecture is comprised of modular components, designed to integrate with existing IT environments. 

  • The Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager is software that enables a single administrator to allocate server, storage and network resources against application workloads.
  • The Dell VIS Self-Service Creator is a Web-based portal that enables authorized users to select, deploy and manage a customized catalog of IT applications and resources. It is aimed a reducing the time require to deploy workloads.
  • The Dell VIS Director serves as the IT operations hub for virtual environments, giving administrators a comprehensive view of virtual dependencies. The module includes advanced reporting, what-if and trend analysis, capacity and utilization reporting and cost allocation and chargeback capabilities.

The company said the Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager and Dell VIS Self-Service Creator are available immediately, while the Dell VIS Director will be made available in the coming quarters.



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