Dell has unveiled a line of appliances designed to perform all-inclusive server and networking tasks.
The company said that its Active Infrastructure systems would combine server, storage, management and networking hardware into a single system. The platform will be designed to function as a stand-alone solution for companies looking for a single system which can be used for large-scale deployments.
Marius Haas, president of Dell Enterprise Solutions, said that the aim of the platform was to provide a simplified alternative to the slow and laborious process of designing, assembling and deploying an IT architecture through the traditional modular process.
"Customers are looking at 'how do I solve workloads, how do I solve accelerating business momentum and not worry about how these systems go together'," he said.
"We know how to optimise the infrastructure so we can deliver value to customers,
Dell plans to deliver the first model in its Active System 800. The full-enclosure system will combine blade-based server modules with Dell Compellent or EqualLogic storage hardware and the company's PowerEdge networking hardware.
Additionally, the Active System will sport a specialised design which the company said will provide as much as 45 percent better energy efficiency than previous models.
Haas said that the Active Infrastructure platform would be far faster to configure and deploy than competing devices from the likes of HP and Cisco, while also proving more flexible than integrating systems from IBM.
Dell also plans to offer a series of reference architectures should companies opt not to spring for the unified platform right away.
While the company eventually expects the market to move towards the all-in-one framework, vice president of strategy Tim Mattox told V3 that the he expects some 80 percent of customers to choose the reference architectures over the integrated appliances early on due to possible compatibility issues or requirements in other areas of their architectures..
"For the rest of that 80 percent reference architectures really help," Mattox explained.
"We can give them a starting point, sit down with them, profile their environment and get them to the real starting point."
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