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Dell Moves To Simplify Systems Management

Dell's Unified Manageability Architecture will offer a new console architecture in collaboration with systems management provider Altiris.

Dell has announced several measures to simplify the growing complexity of IT installations and data centers by using new console architecture in collaboration with systems management provider Altiris.

Unveiled Tuesday, the enhanced Unified Manageability Architecture effort also will be accompanied by a simplification of Dell's existing OpenManage tools.

"We're focusing on distributed systems," said Subo Guha, Dell's director of enterprise software. "We're focusing on distributed systems -- clients, servers, storage, printers, network devices. An IT person can't be managing all these tools."

The new effort builds on Dell's long-standing partnership with Altiris, but also breaks new ground in driving standards deeper into systems management architectures.

In addition to the Altiris service-oriented architecture, customers can use the UMA approach with Microsoft System Management Server 2003 R2, Oracle Grid Manager, LANDesk Server Manager, and Novell Zenworks to oversee their Dell systems.

Dell will test and certify various parts of the new program "for the ease of mind for the customer," Guha said. "We truly believe that [these] layers need to be independent and open."

The UMA effort will establish a single console with standard protocols that feature collaboration between Dell and its partners to integrate software and hardware management.

Dell also released details of its plans to improve its OpenManage tools, with a major upgrade scheduled to roll out in the second half of 2007. This next generation will be based on the Altiris platform.

"Altiris service-oriented management is uniquely positioned to deliver heterogeneous hardware and software management that aligns business and IT through automated operations, enforceable security, and IT life cycle management," said Greg Butterfield, Altiris president and CEO, in a statement.

The new Dell/Altiris deal also includes an agreement for Dell to receive warrants to purchase nearly 1.5 million Altiris shares with an option to acquire a 5% stake in Altiris for nearly $34 million, according to media reports.

Altiris has forged longtime "alliances" with several major providers of large IT systems including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, and VMware.

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