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Dell and Microsoft mate for businesses big and small

Integrated software and servers love fest
Thu May 28 2009, 14:16

IN AN EXCITING MOVE, DELL and Microsoft have announced they're teaming up to integrate their infrastructure management suites in a bid to lure more businesses to their systems.

Dell said it will meld its OpenManage systems management offerings with Microsoft's System Centre Management Suite, bundling management software and hardware in a bid to woo SMBs over to cheaper virtualised environments. All the while managing to manage as many management terms into one long meaningless sentence.

This, says Dell, will allow cost-conscious businesses to "maximize" their "IT assets, productivity and budget," as well as helping them keep power consumption low.

Dell will be trying to flog its PowerEdge servers with a package dubbed "PRO-Pack" which, when used in conjunction with sexily-named Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, System Center Operations Manager 2007 and Dell's management packs, will allow for what the computer maker calls "proactive management for physical and virtual environments". As opposed to passive mismanagement of nothing at all.

Dell is generously offering the OpenManage Tools for Microsoft System Center for free when punters buy the firm's kit, pulling a Cisco and attempting to show themselves off as a one stop shop for hardware, networking, software and services.

Whether the proposition is attractive enough to lure businesses away from the likes of IBM and HP who have both been doing it for yonks remains to be seen. µ



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