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Quick Takes: Dell brings VMware to its server line

Dell has gone virtual in announcing a deal with VMware Inc. to run its virtualization software on PowerEdge and storage servers. Also included in this week's Quick Takes are announcements from NetIQ, Tsunami Research Inc. and PolyServe and Hewlett-Packard.

Dell offers new servers running VMware

Dell announced Monday that it will offer VMware's virtualization software on its two- and four-way PowerEdge and Dell/EMC storage servers.

VMware's software enables enterprises to better utilize their computing resources and protect their hardware investments by giving them the ability to run more than one operating system on a physical server. Companies can then provision applications onto these virtual machines to meet peak need requirements.

VMware, the virtualization market leader, was recently acquired by EMC Corp., a storage heavyweight.

The new PowerEdge configurations include:

  • Dell PowerEdge 650 running VMware ESX Server 2.0.1, VirtualCenter management software and VMotion technology that dynamically moves applications to different physical servers based on peak needs;
  • Dell/EMC CX300 and CX500 storage systems with VMotion;
  • Dell PowerEdge 1750 running Virtual Center.

VMware runs on Windows and Linux and cuts down on server sprawl by consolidating workloads on servers that are often underutilized.

The new configurations are available today starting at $30,579 for a Dell PowerEdge 6650 server with two Intel Xeon MP processors, internal storage and VMware ESX Server for two processors.

Dell would not say during a press conference Monday whether it would also support Microsoft's upcoming Virtual Server 2004. Virtual Server 2004 was recently sent out to 15,000 beta testers and is based upon technology acquired last year from Connectix.

Dell is also the first support point-of-contact.

More on Dell and VMware

NetIQ AppManager 6.0 betas

NetIQ Corp. announced Monday beta availability for the next version of its AppManager management platform.

Version 6.0 manages the delivery of services to internal business units by assessing core capabilities, defining service level agreements, creating managing monitoring policies and reviewing compliance.

From one console, IT managers can monitor service performance, utilization and capacity as well as automating responses to problems.

AppManager supports Windows, Unix and Linux, with new support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server and Enterprise Server 3.0.

The suite also includes: Control Center, a graphical view of applications and systems and how they support business processes; Analysis Center, software that measures service levels and compliance with SLAs; Diagnostic Center, a remote diagnostic and resolution tool with support for Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory; AppAnalyzer, a tool displays usage data about Exchange servers; and Knowledge Base, a catalog of best practices for diagnosing problems and remedying them.

AppManager general availability is slated for the first half of 2004. Diagnostic Console version 2.0 is expected to be generally available in the first half of 2004 as well. The new Control Center and version 2.0 of Analysis Center are expected to enter into Beta in the first half of 2004, with general availability expected later this year.

More on AppManager 6.0

HiveCreator 2.0 supports Linux

Tsunami Research Inc. announced that its new HiveCreator 2.0 software now supports Linux. HiveCreator cuts costs and development time in building and deploying transactional and service-oriented applications.

"If Hive computing lives up to its promise and truly enables self-healing, autonomic applications to thrive on a commercial scale, Tsunami could be responsible for dramatically reducing the capital cost of enterprise IT, while improving manageability and end-to-end application performance," said Mary Johnston Turner, vice president of enterprise strategies with Summit Strategies, a Boston-based strategic IT research and consulting firm.

HiveCreator 2.0 also runs on Windows and FreeBSD. New performance and scalability features are highlighted in 2.0 enabling companies to maximize hardware investments.

Download an evaluation edition of HiveCreator 2.0

HP to bundle PolyServe Matrix cluster with ProLiant

PolyServe Inc. announced a new deal with Hewlett-Packard Co. where HP will sell the PolyServe Matrix Server shared data clustering software to enterprise customers. PolyServe and HP will provide support.

Matrix Server enables enterprises to cluster and manage up to 16 HP ProLiant servers in a Linux environment as one system. It is available on all ProLiant servers and is targeted to ProLiant BL systems.

Matrix Server is a symmetric cluster file system that enables scalable data sharing, high-availability services that increase system uptime, and cluster and storage management capabilities for managing servers and storage as one. It supports database, file serving, e-mail, and Web and media serving applications.

Click here for more about PolyServe Matrix Server

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