Dell and VMware Team Up on Virtualization

   Dell has formed an alliance with VMware, an EMC company, to offer virtualization technology to Dell customers. Dell will begin to offer new configurations of its PowerEdge servers and Dell/EMC storage systems with VMware software. VMware's virtualization software lets a physical server act as two or more separate virtual systems. The new Dell solutions will enable customers to increase usage levels on two- and four-processor servers by running more applications. "Dell is delivering more flexible standards-based solutions to help customers better utilize computing resources and keep costs low," said Jeff Clarke, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Product Group.
   The Dell/VMware solutions will use VMware VirtualCenter and VMotion technology. VirtualCenter offers a central point of control for virtualization technology across a network. VMotion dynamically moves applications to different servers based on demand and the business's need to manage peak workflows.
   Dell's available solutions will include Dell PowerEdge 6650 servers that run VMware ESX Server 2.0.1, VirtualCenter, and VMotion; Dell/EMC CX500 and CX300 storage systems to enable VMotion capability; and a Dell PowerEdge 1750 running the VMware VirtualCenter management server. The solutions are available today and start at $30,579.

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