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Dell simplifies systems management in its PowerEdge 13th generation servers

Nurdianah Md Nur | Sept. 11, 2014
Dell's iDRAC Quick Sync and Zero-Touch Repository Manager enables administrators to monitor and remediate data centre situations from any mobile device as well as be more efficient.

Dell has engineered its systems management capabilities in its new PowerEdge 13th generation servers to address the customer priorities according to its Future Ready IT survey.

Out of the 800 IT managers from eight markets all over the world polled, 52 percent of them claimed to be prioritising reductions in operational complexity and simplification of data centre management. In response to that, Dell introduced the OpenManage systems management portfolio consisting of the iDRAC Quick Sync and Zero-Touch Repository Manager.

The iDRAC Quick Sync allows administrators to monitor and remediate data centre situations from any handheld device running OpenManage Mobile. Leveraging near field communication (NFC), administrators simply need to tap the iDRAC Quick Sync at the server to enable it to transmit server health information and basic server setup. According to Dell, this capability will reduce the time taken for collecting inventory by up to 84 percent. 

Customers who tested the PowerEdge 13th generation servers acknowledged the benefits of the iDRAC Quick Sync. ZhongYong, technical consultant of Shanghai East-China Computer Co said: "The iDRAC one-tap Quick Sync lets us get real-time updates on the status of our servers simply by swiping our smartphones up against the bezel. This gives us much more flexibility in terms of deployment and configuration."

The Zero-Touch Repository Manager on other hand aims to help administrators increase efficiency. It does so by automating storing, accessing and deploying a Server Configuration Profile or firmware update from a central repository. Dell said that administrators using this capability can expect to reduce the firmware updating time by up to 92 percent.


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