Dell is building up its system management capabilities to make it easier for customers to monitor and manage their PowerEdge servers in virtualized data centers.
Dell officials on Jan. 19 announced several enhancements to its systems management portfolio, including the Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter, which enables IT administrators to do a wide variety of server tasks—from provisioning bare metal servers to deploying hypervisors to updating firmware and BIOS—directly from VMware’s vCenter management console.
With the VMware plug-in the cost is contingent on the number of 11th-generation PowerEdge servers that are being managed via VMware’s vCenter, Iler said. Pricing starts at $299 for three servers, and goes to $799 for 10 servers, $1,799 for 50 and $2,999 for 1,000 systems.
This is very handy indeed, although I don’t forsee smaller companies paying for the feature very frequently.