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Dell Pushes For Systems Simplicity

Dell is on a mission it said will make systems management easier for network administrators and IT in general to manage their computing infrastructures.

Dell on Tuesday, along with long-time collaborator and systems management solutions provider Altiris  , unveiled a new console architecture and standardized approach to infrastructure management.

The two companies also announced they have extended their partnership to co-develop the next generation of OpenManage applications based on the Altiris platform, for customers who want a single console from Dell  with advanced hardware and software management capabilities.

Dell said it is also making it possible for competing systems management companies to manage Dell hardware via the Dell OpenManage Certified Partner Program. The program includes OpenManage developer toolkits, which enable the integrated control of Dell hardware to applications.

The idea is that companies will be able to choose from a number of certified vendors to run their choice of systems management software from a single console. Altiris, Microsoft (System Management Server 2003 R2), Oracle (Grid Manager), LANDesk Server Manager and Novell (Zenworks) are among those Dell said are participating.

"As companies add more and more hardware, they need the ability to pick and choose the right solution" to manage it all," Subo Guha, director of enterprise software marketing at Dell, told internetnews.com. "The key value proposition here is that there is no lock in; customers can pick and choose from Microsoft's SMS, Novell, BMC and others."

IDC analyst Fred Broussard thinks the Dell/Altiris offering will have the most immediate appeal to organizations with a few thousand desktops and two to three hundred servers. "These companies are looking for simplicity of management, but the BMCs, IBMs and CAs of the world tend not to be in that range," Broussard told internetnews.com.

In related news, the new Dell Client Manager suite replaces three individual utilities, with client hardware inventory, monitoring and BIOS configuration now combined. Client Manager is available at no charge. An upgrade, Dell Client Manager Plus, provides software delivery, imaging, PC migration and software inventory functionality.