Dell Helps Customers Accelerate Cloud Computing Models with Virtual Integrated System Architecture
Date: 9/29/2010Round Rock, Texas
Virtual Integrated System architecture helps customers more efficiently respond to business demands
New capabilities continue to support heterogeneous server, storage, networking and multi-hypervisor environments to help customers extend legacy investments and deploy best-of-breed technologies
Virtual Integrated System architecture and services help customers extend legacy IT investments and capture the benefits of public and private cloud computing models
To help customers quickly capitalize on the efficiencies of the Virtual Era, Dell today introduced new capabilities and services for its Virtual Integrated System (VIS) architecture. Dell recognizes businesses have made significant technology purchases and its approach to converged architectures allows them to preserve and fully leverage their existing data center infrastructure without creating technology silos or undertaking a rip-and-replace strategy.”IT organizations are closely evaluating the cost, management, and agility benefits of IT infrastructure and cloud-based computing models,” said Matt Eastwood, GVP, Enterprise Platforms, 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 Virtual Integrated System 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.”The Dell VIS architecture and services help customers transition new and existing technologies to an open, cloud-like model that dynamically provisions application workloads and unifies heterogeneous compute, storage and networking assets into a common pool of resources. As a result it’s now possible for customers to lower the costs associated with managing IT, improve the flexibility needed to respond to changing business needs, and more efficiently deploy and move application workloads across physical and virtual resources.Dell’s Virtual Integrated System architecture reinforces the company’s long-standing design principles of delivering solutions that are Open, Capable and Affordable. With VIS, companies can dynamically scale their environment up or down to match the variability of workloads. Furthermore, unlike some solutions in this space, the VIS architecture is designed to integrate into a customers’ broader systems management strategy and investments. By working tightly with partners like Microsoft, VMware, Citrix and BMC, VIS can deliver better utilization of current investments and the ability to standardize and leverage existing IT processes and workflows to improve control and consistency.
Dell VIS Architecture ComponentsThe VIS architecture is comprised of modular components that integrate with customers’ existing IT environments. This gives customers greater choice and the ability to deploy best-of-breed solutions. The Dell VIS architecture consists of three of key components including:
Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager — Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) simplifies data center management by enabling a single administrator to allocate server, storage and network resources against application workloads. The solution can bring together heterogeneous hardware offerings and leading virtualization hypervisors to create virtual pools of resources that are easy to manage. AIM abstracts the hardware and virtualization layers from the data center so that customers can focus on allocating a single pool of resources instead of managing various technologies.
Dell VIS Self-Service Creator — Dell’s VIS Self-Service Creator can shorten the time it takes to deploy new 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, reducing the time it takes to deploy a workload to just minutes. The VIS Self-Service Creator can increase IT control while accelerating IT processes, adding up to savings in time and resources. All this is done seamlessly with the ability to orchestrate these services across multi-vendor hardware and software solutions.
Dell VIS Director— Dell VIS Director is the IT Operations hub for the virtual environment, giving customers a comprehensive view of virtual dependencies and enabling customers to quickly 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, giving IT operators a greater level of visibility into their IT environment and better information upon which to take action. With VIS Director, enterprises can efficiently manage their current environment and plan for the future more effectively.
Dell ServicesDell offers a range of services capabilities to help customers to assess, design and implement the Dell VIS architecture components into new or existing IT environments. These services and engagements work with organizations to review their IT strategy and challenges alongside Dell’s point of view on virtualization technologies. Specific services include:
Dell Consulting Services — These engagements address key technology and business challenges such as self-service provisioning and automation of operational tasks. Further, customers can use Dell’s Technology Introductions to explore use cases as a Proof of Concept to make informed deployment decisions. Dell Accelerators can speed up time to value by combining a Readiness Assessment with limited design and implementation with predefined scope and limited integration points. Once established, Dell’s Design and Implementation services include a full production roll out of the Dell VIS components.
Dell ProSupport Services — Dell ProSupport Services provide software-specific expertise combined with Dell’s extensive support infrastructure to help customers quickly reach business goals. Dell ProSupport capabilities have been expanded to include comprehensive support for the Dell VIS components that spans a customer’s entire IT environment. Features like basic-to-advanced software troubleshooting, and software subscriptions with remote deployment assistance of patches and updates help customers confidently support their heterogeneous infrastructure.
AvailabilityDell’s architecture is unique in that unlike the one-size-fits-all approach of some of the competition, Dell’s Virtual Integrated System offers customers the flexibility to deploy the components most needed for their specific needs. VIS architecture components can be purchased individually and do not require customers to make separate hardware purchases. This flexibility helps customers move toward a more cloud-like model on their own timeline and with existing hardware.
Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager and Dell VIS Self-Service Creator are available today and Dell VIS Director will be available in the coming quarters.
Customer and Dell Executive Quotes“Dell’s VIS architecture provides us with a very flexible and dynamic data center solution that spans physical and virtual resources helping increase our productivity tenfold” — Gustavo Viceconti, President and CEO at NeuralSoft
“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. 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.” — Brad Anderson, senior vice president, Enterprise Product Group, Dell.
Supporting Partner QuotesAruba Networks“Enterprises worldwide are searching for credible ways to reduce operating expenses and create efficiencies – from the data center through to the network edge. This is the driving force behind Dell’s new VIS architecture. VIS provides an open, standards-based means to integrate and manage a diverse set of storage, network, and server elements as a single pool of resources. VIS is interoperable with legacy infrastructure, and also integrates best-in-class products such as the recently announced Dell PowerConnect W line, which provides wireless networking powered by Aruba Networks. With VIS, the resulting infrastructure functions as a single architecture across the entire network and throughout the data center.” — Peter Cellarius, vice president of Business Development and Partnerships, ArubaBMC Software“As enterprise IT organizations execute on their cloud computing strategies it is essential that they implement leading-edge architectures that will allow them to not only integrate new technologies but also take advantage of existing infrastructure investments. Together, BMC and Dell are enabling enterprise customers to combine BMC’s Cloud Lifecycle Management solution with key elements of Dell’s VIS architecture such as the Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager to easily provision and deploy cloud computing on both existing and new technology resources, resulting in greater business alignment through lower IT costs and greater agility.” — Krish Prasad, vice president of Cloud Services Management Product Line, BMC SoftwareBrocade“Brocade and Dell share a vision and strategy for migrating to a highly virtualized, services-on-demand state enabled through the cloud. Dell’s Virtual Infrastructure System is a differentiated approach that’s based on an open architecture with the aim to dramatically improve efficiencies in the data center. Unlike Cisco who aims to lock customers in, Brocade and Dell are jointly building and testing flexible data center blueprints for highly scalable and cost-effective deployment of VMs on Ethernet and Storage fabrics with unified network management and intelligent placement of workloads to optimize networking traffic.” — Doug Ingraham, vice president of Data Center Products, BrocadeCitrix“The convergence of the virtual datacenter and the cloud has become key to enabling enterprises to enhance service delivery while taking advantage of cloud economics. By leveraging virtualized infrastructure and embracing openness and automation, Dell’s VIS architecture is contributing to the next wave of cloud evolution.” — Lou Shipley, group vice president and general manager, XenServer Product Group, CitrixJuniper Networks“Today’s VIS announcement proves that our partnership with Dell continues to make great strides in providing an open standards-based solution to improve networking technology within the data center. Together, we are helping customers simplify, automate and secure their enterprise and data center networks. Our combination of breakthrough data center technologies enables a “new network” alternative for customers by delivering a data center architecture that eliminates trade-offs between experience and economics.” — Andy Ingram, vice president of product marketing, Fabric and Switching Technologies, Juniper Networks
Microsoft“Many organizations are looking at private clouds as the nearest doorway to cloud computing, and to virtualization as the first step on the journey. By using technologies like Microsoft’s Hyper-V and System Center together with Dell’s Virtual Integrated System, customers are better able to provision multiple server workloads on a common, integrated framework—while increasing internal service levels.”— David McCann, general manager of Server and Cloud Platform marketing, MicrosoftVMWare“Dell’s Virtual Integrated System (VIS) enables customers to evaluate a new model of end-to-end computing where IT infrastructure can be delivered as a service through private, public and hybrid clouds. When combined with VMware vCloud™ Director and leveraging the Dell AIM plug-in for VMware vCenter™ Server, customers can extend the resource pooling capabilities of VMware vSphere™ to create virtual data centers to automate and expand their private cloud and enable IT organizations to act as service providers to the business.” — Gary Green, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware