VIS: Dell’s answer to Vblock?

Was that a provocative title?

I know, I know….there’s a LOT of differences between Dell’s VIS and Vblock but they both do attempt to reduce Operational Expenses (OpEx) and improve deployment times for the customer — and it is in this sense I think that they are similar.  The Vblock does this partly by taking the responsibility for many engineering decisions and tasks away from the customer, while Dell’s VIS strategy takes a different approach using heterogeneous hardware.

Dell had a session this morning covering their new VIS (Virtual Integrated System) strategy to managing both physical and virtual servers.  It fits well into the ITaaS concept where the datacenter is one giant logical computer, brought together with automation tools.  The VIS strategy is based on 3 different tools sets:

  • Infrastructure — deploys servers, storage and networking from multiple vendors as a single pool of resources
  • Integration — Integrates Dell hardware management with virtulization tools (i.e. vCenter, MSVMM, Xen Center).
  • Delivery — enables automation and standardization for quick deployment of business applications

I know first hand how at some companies it can literally take weeks to traverse the different silos of storage, networking, and server infrastructures to get everything in place for a new application (there’s a management lesson here, but that’s another post).  Dell VIS attempts to provide automation and standards to these tasks, and thus empower the enterprise with agility.

The video below provides an overview of Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) in action, which is a part of Dell’s VIS strategy. A good example of leveraging both standards automation to increase enterprise agility.

You can read more about Dell’s VIS strategy here

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