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Dell Malaysia's PowerEdge FX2 updates set to 'revolutionise data centres'

AvantiKumar | July 25, 2016
The new Dell Systems Management capabilities will help enhance IT productivity and business continuity, said Dell's William Tan.

William Tan, head of Enterprise Solutions, Dell Malaysia 

Photo - William Tan, Head of Enterprise Solutions, Dell Malaysia.


Computer solutions provider Dell Malaysia has announced updates to the systems management portfolio for the Dell PowerEdge FX2 modular infrastructure, which will help customers to enhance IT productivity and business continuity.

William Tan, head of Enterprise Solutions, Dell Malaysia, said the new systems management features will enhance provisioning and infrastructure visibility, as well as support Nagios users and open source applications.

"Our customers are interested in making their IT infrastructure more flexible and efficient to address evolving business and workload demands in real-time," said Tan.

He said Dell has enhanced its systems management software to take advantage of the "unique engineering of the Dell PowerEdge FX2 and is designed to simplify and automate critical hardware management tasks."

Dell's PowerEdge FX2 has seen triple-digit percentage growth year-over-year in revenue and unit since its launch in 2014 in industry blade server market, Tan said, citing IDC research that showed Dell PowerEdge blade servers seeing 34 percent year-over-year revenue growth.

Led by the PowerEdge FX2, Dell's overall blade server growth was 17 percent  faster than the industry in the first quarter of 2016, according to the same IDC study, he said.

The PowerEdge FX2 has demonstrated triple-digit percentage growth year-over-year in unit and revenue over the previous four quarters, contributing substantially to PowerEdge blade server gains, since its launch in 2014.

Unprecedented growth
 "With strong systems management capabilities, the PowerEdge FX2 can help customers meet their goals by supporting traditional applications and new workloads driven by social, mobile, analytics and cloud computing in a modular infrastructure," said Tan.

"These attributes combined with recent customer successes is driving unprecedented growth," he said. The new capabilities and updates enhance the user experience with improved ease of provisioning for virtualised workloads, plug-ins for Nagios users, and comprehensive infrastructure visibility and flexibility to run open source applications, added Tan.

Feature include:
- Dell OpenManage Essentials 2.2 helps fast provisioning of I/O aggregators with template-based processes that easily and uniformly replicate the assignment of vLANs during the blade port mapping process, which ensures simplicity and accuracy in network set-up.
- The new OpenManage plug-in for Nagios XI 1.0 extracts detailed PowerEdge FX2 infrastructure information from the Dell Chassis Management Controller and server embedded intelligence, iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller, delivering a unified set of alerts and health monitoring details to Nagios XI administrators.
- New Active System Manager (ASM) 8.2 capabilities enable fast and easy on-boarding and deployment of IT services across multiple chassis, server, storage and networking devices.  The port view provides a visual mapping of physical and virtual infrastructures and any connectivity issues to allow for quick troubleshooting to help IT teams maintain business continuity and deliver more consistent, reliable IT services.

A Dell statement said that 'with the Dell PowerEdge FX2 and Dell system management software, customers across 70 countries, including China and Australia, were taking advantage of the integrated building blocks of servers, storage and networking that help them achieve data centre flexibility and efficiency without having to overhaul their existing infrastructure.'


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