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Dell Simplifies Its Tools With OpenManage Upgrade

With version 5.3, the number of tools needed for Dell server deployments and updates has gone from three to one.

Dell on Tuesday introduced an upgrade of OpenManage that the company says it has simplified by reducing the number of tools needed to perform some tasks.

With OpenManage 5.3, unveiled at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, the number of tools needed for Dell server deployments and updates has gone from three to one, the company said in a statement. The update also has new features for in-line hard drive firmware updates.

Other new features include a common user interface and command line interface across Dell Systems Build and Update Utility. This reduces the number of management tools by two thirds, according to Dell. A new script generator and custom update policies reduce server deployment and update time,

Also, the OpenManage repository located inside the firewall can be built to mirror Dell Online, so each server can go there for platform updates, rather than going to Dell.

Dell has completed product certification with six systems management vendors, including Altiris, BMC Software, Dorado Software, LANDesk, Microsoft and Novell. Under the certification program, Dell provides partners with developer toolkits for embedding OpenManage components into partners' systems management applications.

OpenManage 5.3 is scheduled to ship next week. Additional information is available on Dell's Web site.

In other news, Dell on Monday unveiled at OpenWorld a four-socket, 4U PowerEdge server designed for running enterprise databases and applications. The R900 is also optimized for virtualized environments with expandable memory and the latest Intel Xeon 5400 series quad-core processors. In addition, Dell updated versions of the PowerEdge 1950, 2950, and 2900 servers.

The latest products are scheduled for release by the end of November. Pricing was not disclosed.

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