Dell is the latest enterprise vendor to offer a pre-configured package of servers, storage, networking and management tools to help organisations get up and running with their own private cloud infrastructure.
The company has unveiled its vStart 200m system, an offering that combines all hardware ready assembled. along with the necessary software for a customer to integrate it into their existing infrastructure.
Dell introduced its first vStart systems last year, equipped with VMware's virtualisation platform. The new vStart 200m comes with a Microsoft stack instead, as part of Microsoft's Private Cloud Fast Track scheme.
As with HP's VirtualSystem portfolio, vStart 200m is delivered from Dell as a pre-assembled rack complete with everything the customer needs to get started, including PowerEdge servers, EqualLogic SAN storage, and 10Gbit/s Ethernet PowerConnect switches.
On the software side, the starter kit includes Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter Edition, which offers unlimited virtualisation rights for rapid deployment of virtual machines, plus Dell's Advanced Infrastructure Management (AIM) software for control and automation over both physical and virtual machines.
As the name suggests the vStart 200m has enough resources to handle up to 200 virtual machine instances.
Customers looking to create a private cloud using the vStart 200m will also have to add on Microsoft's System Center 2012 management platform, according to Dell, which integrates with AIM.
Dell's datacentre marketing director Andy Rhodes said the product would have several benefits for IT staff, in an entry on Dell's Inside Enterprise IT blog.
"The tight integration between these two products delivers deep management insight, across infrastructure, operating systems and applications, and gives IT a simplified, integrated management experience delivered through a single pane of glass," he said.
The vStart 200m is available in the US now, and will roll out across Europe in the next few months, according to Dell.
Pricing for the vStart 200m starts at $209,900 (£133,921), or roughly $1,050 (£670) per virtual machine.
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