Dell intros hardware, services to optimize virtual machines

New blade servers and an iSCSI storage-area network on tap

"It's not enough to offer storage, you need to integrate as much as possible," he said.

Dell's blitz of new products comes a few days in advance of VMworld, an annual virtualization industry event hosted by VMware.

More pieces of the announcement include:

  • Pricing for the PowerEdge M805 and M905 starts at US$1,699 and US$4,999, respectively.
  • Integration with Microsoft virtualization technology, making Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V available as a factory-installed option on PowerEdge servers. Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager is also available for PowerEdge servers.
  • Integration of EqualLogic storage with Citrix XenServer, making it easier "for IT managers to create snapshots, clones and single client images."
  • Infrastructure consulting services for Hyper-V deployments, involving assessment, design and implementation of the Microsoft hypervisor.
  • Site Recovery Manager for VMware environments, involving consultancy services to prepare a disaster recovery plan and help customers configure VMware's Site Recovery Manager software, which automates disaster recovery.
  • Lifecycle management for VMware, a service involving design and implementation planning, proof-of-concept and configuration of VMware's lifecycle manager.

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