Dell Moves To Simplify Systems Management - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Enterprise Applications

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.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

Slideshows
IT Leadership: 10 Ways to Unleash Enterprise Innovation
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  6/8/2021
Commentary
Preparing for the Upcoming Quantum Computing Revolution
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  6/3/2021
News
How SolarWinds Changed Cybersecurity Leadership's Priorities
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/26/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Planning Your Digital Transformation Roadmap
Download this report to learn about the latest technologies and best practices or ensuring a successful transition from outdated business transformation tactics.
Slideshows
Flash Poll