Dell reinforces its commitment to Microsoft environment

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Dell reinforces its commitment to Microsoft environment

Dell has showcased new virtualisation, systems management, and cloud computing solutions, which enable organisations to manage their Microsoft environments.

Unveiled at TechED North America – taking place from 12-15 May in Houston, Texas – the solutions include new tools for Microsoft Active Directory (AD) and Exchange virtualisation management; migration and management of AD; and improvements to Dell’s cloud client computing offerings.

“It is particularly important today that every organisation be able to seamlessly optimise and manage their Microsoft environments,” said Tom Kendra, vice president and general manager, Systems Management, Dell Software. “Downtime means lost revenue and productivity and the new Dell solutions making their debut at TechEd not only are designed to make sure that all Microsoft environments stay available and productive, they also reinforce our commitment to offering solid solutions for managing, monitoring and optimising those environments.”

Dell Active Administrator 7.0, an integrated and proactive Microsoft AD administration solution, has a range of new features including Active Tiles and a Quick Tasks function. Boosting productivity, Active Tiles gives users a real-time view of each sub-section of AD management including security, delegation, performance and Group Policy. Quick Tasks enables AD administrators to quickly execute six of their most common tasks.

In addition, the DC Management Module allows IT administrators to select the specific domain controller, which will perform all operations. Administrators can also monitor the status of domain services and performance metrics to identify potential issues.

Meanwhile, Dell showcased its updated Dell Foglight for Microsoft Active Directory and Foglight for Microsoft Exchange Server solutions. These offer an intuitive web-based user interface to provide administrators with a single view of the health and performance of their entire AD or Exchange environments. Out-of-the-box expert alerts, advice and dashboard capabilities also allow administrators to visualise and report on their entire enterprise, both in real-time and with via an ‘any-point-in-time’ historical view.

Launched earlier this year, Dell Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI and vWorkspace, is now available in 57 countries and has been updated to offer Dell customers reduced storage costs and flexible deployment options.

The solution now supports Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces, which significantly reduces the cost of storage for desktop virtualisation infrastructure. It also provides the same storage performance and cost for pooled and persistent virtual machines via Dell PowerVault MD1220 DAS and data deduplication.

In addition, Dell Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI and vWorkspace supports the company’s PowerEdge T420 and R420 servers and the new, high-performance Dell Wyse 7000 series quad display thin client.

“Thanks to our collaboration with Microsoft, Dell Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI/vWorkspace makes desktop virtualisation more affordable to our customers,” said Steve Lalla, vice president and general manager, Dell cloud client-computing. “Dell cloud client-computing combines Dell datacenter hardware, virtualisation and monitoring software, services, support and Dell Wyse end points, to create a VDI solution that enhances user experience, while lightening the management burden on the IT department.”

Enabling customers to accelerate the performance of their Microsoft environments, Dell PowerVault MD3060e will offer enclosure support for PowerEdge servers, such as the PowerEdge R620, R720 and R720xd, for the first time. This compact, 4U, 60-drive, high-density enclosure can expand up to 240 hard drives behind a single server. When paired with the Dell PowerEdge R720xd with 50TB of internal capacity, a customer can store more than a petabyte of data in less than a half-rack of standard server rack space.

The PowerVault MD3060e enclosure supports various software defined storage offerings including Microsoft Storage Spaces, to allow customers to build larger and cost-efficient configurations.

Dell has also released a new version of its KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance, which enables companies optimise IT environments for the internet of things.  

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