Switch To 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
Infrastructure

Switch To Management

Dell's OpenManage software won't steal Cisco's thunder but will add to competitive strength

Dell last week added a key piece to its networking business when it introduced OpenManage Network Manager software for its 3000 and 5000 series PowerConnect Ethernet switches.

OpenManage works only on the vendor's switches, so Dell isn't likely to cut in much on market leader Cisco Systems' share of the network-management market, says Stephen Elliot, a senior analyst at IDC. OpenManage includes tools to manage switch configuration, performance, scheduling, and backup. But it doesn't let companies substantially change existing network infrastructures, says Chad Elliott, technology team leader at Intervet Inc., the U.S. operating division of animal-health company Intervet International. Intervet uses four Dell PowerConnect switches to augment its Cisco networking equipment.

Still, the software will help keep Dell competitive in deals it otherwise would have lost, and the price is right--free. OpenManage can manage thousands of Dell PowerConnect switches, good enough for most small and midsize businesses.

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
News
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
Commentary
Where Cloud Spending Might Grow in 2021 and Post-Pandemic
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/19/2020
Slideshows
The Ever-Expanding List of C-Level Technology Positions
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/10/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
Video
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
Slideshows
Flash Poll