It shows Dell doing some innovation a year after the company went public, but it has a checkered history with this type of integrated system. It shelved a line of converged products announced two years ago under the Active Systems brand, which replaced a family of products called vStart that was also killed off.
"Dell PowerEdge FX is the evolution of Dell Active Systems," it said in a statement to IDG News.
"We heard loud and clear that customers need the ability to tweak their infrastructure based on their workload needs -- e.g. they need to keep the architecture common, but tweak server, storage, networking based on these business needs," Dell said. "So Active Systems evolved to PowerEdge FX -- and Active System Manager remains a management option."
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