To help customers quickly capitalize on the efficiencies of the Virtual Era, Dell today introduced new capabilities and services for its Virtual Integrated System (VIS) architecture. Dell recognizes businesses have made significant technology purchases and its approach to converged architectures allows them to preserve and fully leverage their existing data center infrastructure without creating technology silos or undertaking a rip-and-replace strategy.
“IT organizations are closely evaluating the cost, management, and agility benefits of IT infrastructure and cloud-based computing models,” said Matt Eastwood, GVP, Enterprise Platforms, IDC. “There are currently two general approaches to converged infrastructures: single-vendor solutions and open architecture solutions that focus on interoperability and extending legacy investments. Dell’s Virtual Integrated System architecture is consistent with its commitment to open technology architectures. IDC believes this approach will resonate with customers that are looking to preserve these legacy investments while reaping the benefits of cloud computing.”
The Dell VIS architecture and services help customers transition new and existing technologies to an open, cloud-like model that dynamically provisions application workloads and unifies heterogeneous compute, storage and networking assets into a common pool of resources. As a result, it’s now possible for customers to lower the costs associated with managing IT, improve the flexibility needed to respond to changing business needs, and more efficiently deploy and move application workloads across physical and virtual resources.
Dell’s Virtual Integrated System architecture reinforces the company’s long-standing design principles of delivering solutions that are Open, Capable and Affordable. With VIS, companies can dynamically scale their environment up or down to match the variability of workloads. Furthermore, unlike some solutions in this space, the VIS architecture is designed to integrate into a customer’s broader systems management strategy and investments. By working tightly with partners like Microsoft, VMware, Citrix and BMC, VIS can deliver better utilization of current investments and the ability to standardize and leverage existing IT processes and workflows to improve control and consistency.
Dell VIS Architecture Components
The VIS architecture is comprised of modular components that integrate with customers’ existing IT environments. This gives customers greater choice and the ability to deploy best-of-breed solutions. The Dell VIS architecture consists of three key components including:
- Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager—Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) simplifies data center management by enabling a single administrator to allocate server, storage and network resources against application workloads. The solution can bring together heterogeneous hardware offerings and leading virtualization hypervisors to create virtual pools of resources that are easy to manage. AIM abstracts the hardware and virtualization layers from the data center so that customers can focus on allocating a single pool of resources instead of managing various technologies.
- Dell VIS Self-Service Creator—Dell’s VIS Self-Service Creator can shorten the time it takes to deploy new business applications by standardizing and automating the way applications are deployed. The component has a web-based portal that enables authorized users to select, deploy and manage a customized catalog of IT applications and resources, reducing the time it takes to deploy a workload to just minutes. The VIS Self-Service Creator can increase IT control while accelerating IT processes, adding up to savings in time and resources. All this is done seamlessly with the ability to orchestrate these services across multi-vendor hardware and software solutions.
- Dell VIS Director—Dell VIS Director is the IT Operations hub for the virtual environment, giving customers a comprehensive view of virtual dependencies and enabling customers to quickly identify issues within the virtual environment. The module includes advanced reporting, what-if and trend analysis, capacity and utilization reporting and cost allocation and chargeback solutions, giving IT operators a greater level of visibility into their IT environment and better information upon which to take action. With VIS Director, enterprises can efficiently manage their current environment and plan for the future more effectively.
Dell offers a range of services capabilities to help customers to assess, design and implement the Dell VIS architecture components into new or existing IT environments. These services and engagements work with organizations to review their IT strategy and challenges alongside Dell’s point of view on virtualization technologies. Specific services include:
- Dell Consulting Services—These engagements address key technology and business challenges such as self-service provisioning and automation of operational tasks. Further, customers can use Dell’s Technology Introductions to explore use cases as a Proof of Concept to make informed deployment decisions. Dell Accelerators can speed up time to value by combining a Readiness Assessment with limited design and implementation with predefined scope and limited integration points. Once established, Dell’s Design and Implementation services include a full production roll out of the Dell VIS components.
- Dell ProSupport Services—Dell ProSupport Services provide software-specific expertise combined with Dell’s extensive support infrastructure to help customers quickly reach business goals. Dell ProSupport capabilities have been expanded to include comprehensive support for the Dell VIS components that spans a customer’s entire IT environment. Features like basic-to-advanced software troubleshooting, and software subscriptions with remote deployment assistance of patches and updates help customers confidently support their heterogeneous infrastructure.
Dell’s architecture is unique in that unlike the one-size-fits-all approach of some of the competition, Dell’s Virtual Integrated System offers customers the flexibility to deploy the components most needed for their specific needs. VIS architecture components can be purchased individually and do not require customers to make separate hardware purchases. This flexibility helps customers move toward a more cloud-like model on their own timeline and with existing hardware.
Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager and Dell VIS Self-Service Creator are available today and Dell VIS Director will be available in the coming quarters.