Dell has become the latest vendor making a play for enterprise customers seeking to evolve their IT infrastructure towards a private cloud model.
However, the company claims that its initiative allows customers to build on what they already have, and will not lock them in to one single provider.
Dell fleshed out its Virtual Integrated System (VIS) architecture today with new software intended to deliver a higher level of automation within enterprise datacentres, while making it easier for end users to self-provision resources.
The vendor announced new storage and server products earlier this year aimed at cloud deployments, and VIS makes up the software side of the equation.
VIS, which was also given a low-key launch earlier this year, brings together several tools, some already being offered and others due to ship within the next few months.
Already available is Dell's Advanced Infrastructure Manager, which integrates technology acquired from Scalent earlier this year.
This provides the capability to manage virtual and physical servers, storage and networking resources holistically, rather than each being controlled through a separate management console, according to Dell.
Advanced Infrastructure Manager is now being joined in VIS by two other components: Delivery Centre and Integration Suite.
Delivery Centre comprises the VIS Self-Service Creator, released today, and VIS Director, coming in the first quarter of 2011.
As its name suggests, Self-Service Creator provides a way for end users to provision new virtual machines without the approval or intervention of IT staff.
These are based on pre-defined templates, with governance controls around what users are allowed to do, according to Dell.
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