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Dell rethinks appliances: News in brief

Dell updates systems management appliance, and other data center news.

Dell overhauls appliance product, strategy
Dell is rethinking its appliance strategy. The firm recently announced a new version of its KACE K1000 systems management hardware appliance as well as a deal with Novell to use its SUSE Studio for updating Dell hardware, software and virtual appliance products.

The Dell KACE K1000 is a standalone management appliance that performs systems management functions, including device discovery and inventory; software distribution; patch and asset management; security audit and enforcement; broadcast and administrative alerts; remote control; reporting and dashboards; and service desk and power management. The new version now supports the latest Federal Desktop Core Configurations (FDCC), a list of security settings recommended for systems connected directly to any United States federal agency. Dell also updated the KACE Firefox Secure Browser and introduced the new Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Scanner, which enables IT organizations to audit systems to help ensure compliance with security policies.

Dell also joined the Novell SUSE Appliance Program, which means it can create virtual appliances based on SUSE Linux Enterprise, using SUSE Studio, Novell’s appliance authoring suite, to deliver application and OS patches.

HP taps Emulex adapters for ProLiant blades
Hewlett-Packard will ship its latest server blades, the ProLiant G7 BL620c and BL680c G7, with the Integrated FlexFabric Adapter, a converged network adapter (CNA) from Emulex Corp. Based on Emulex’s OneConnect architecture, the 10 Gigabit per second Ethernet (10 GbE) adapter will provide autosensing 1 Gb/10 Gb LAN on Motherboard (LOM); hardware-based accelerated iSCSI; a TCP/IP offload engine; and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol support. With support for HP Virtual Connect, the Emulex FlexFabric Adapters allow customers to divide each 10 Gb blade server port into up to four physical network interface cars for up to eight network connections per dual-port server blade.

Modius monitors Starline power distribution units
Modius OpenData data center monitoring software can now gather and track power consumption information about Starline’s Critical Power Monitor power distribution systems. Data is captured using SNMP or Modius’ ModBus RTU. Once captured, Modius OpenData provides power consumption statistics at the room, zone, row or rack level. 

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