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It’s critical that today’s business be able to provide high-performance business applications to their users, secure and reliable storage for their data and quickly troubleshoot problems when they do …

It’s critical that today’s business be able to provide high-performance business applications to their users, secure and reliable storage for their data and quickly troubleshoot problems when they do occur. That’s enough to keep the largest IT staff occupied throughout the day, but there’s more to managing an IT department than keeping the machines running.

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  • 1. Simplify IT Management with Dell PowerEdge Servers ServerWatch TM Executive Briefa QuinStreet Excutive Brief. © 2012
  • 2. ServerWatch TM Simplify IT Management with Dell PowerEdge Servers It’s critical that today’s business be able to provide high-performance business applications to their users, secure and reliable storage for their data and quickly troubleshoot problems when they do occur. That’s enough to keep the largest IT staff occupied throughout the day, but there’s more to managing an IT department than keeping the machines running. IT has the opportunity to directly contribute to the bottom line of the organization by playing a lead role in developing and implementing new applications and IT services that improve business processes. But it can only take on such a role when the IT 12th generation of the PowerEdge line their server environment for energy staff has the bandwidth to take part in — has a number of features that make consumption. these projects and discussion. management easier. Dell’s 12th generation PowerEdge Too often, the IT staff at many New agent-free management servers have new and improved businesses spends a majority of capabilities in the latest Dell management tools that focus its time on time-consuming low- PowerEdge servers, which are on server lifecycle management. value procedures and manual IT powered by the new Intel® Xeon® They automate processes for management tasks that keep the processor E5-2600 product family, are physical, virtual, local and remote servers, network and storage running designed to eliminate time-consuming IT environments; use agent-free but detract from more strategic IT procedures. The integrated Dell and agent-based, in-band and out- initiatives. Better tools for systems Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) of-band hardware management; management can deliver automation with Lifecycle Controller helps the management features perform and monitoring capabilities that reduce automate the manual IT management consistently irrespective of operating the amount of time needed manage tasks that occupy so much valuable systems and hypervisors; and the infrastructure and allow more time time. The ability to more closely the management tools integrate for the development and deployment monitor power and cooling and with major third-party systems of new applications and IT services that simplify the deployment and management solutions. help grow the business. provisioning of servers helps create a more efficient IT environment. The Agent-Free Monitoring Dell knows that better management of new Dell OpenManage Power Center IT infrastructures can help businesses helps gather and display power and The previous versions of Dell’s innovate and grow. For this reason temperature information, making it iDRAC and Lifecycle Controller Dell’s latest PowerEdge servers — the easier for administrators to monitor addressed many aspects of systems© 2012, QuinStreet, Inc. 1
  • 3. ServerWatch TM Simplify IT Management with Dell PowerEdge Servers management. In the 12th generation provides a secure customer portal for customers make management of their PowerEdge servers Dell focuses even storing management toolset license servers a faster process while at the more attention on the monitoring keys so administrators never have to same time reducing the potential for aspect in order to deliver a truly worry about losing them. errors. comprehensive set of capabilities. Agent-free management means A more automated and streamlined All 12th generation PowerEdge administrators can manage their management process shouldn’t servers have their systems 12G servers without having to install, detract from security. With Dell’s management tools implemented qualify or manage separate agents for newest PowerEdge servers, customers on the server motherboards with virtual, Linux and Windows operating that decommission or reassign a their own processor, memory and systems. There are no compatibility server can securely reset the lifecycle communications that are independent issues, and no more testing and controller configuration status back from the rest of the system. This distributing of another agent to each to the factory defaults, ensuring embedded management means there operating system in the data center. no secure information about their are no software agents to install and Agent-free management also ensures infrastructure can be accidently passed maintain, which frees up administrative that administrators will still receive along. Dell also added an audit trail and CPU overhead because there’s email alerts, even if the operating feature that will help customers in no specialized software agents on system goes offline.   everyday use and, in some cases, with the operating system. This agent- regulatory reviews. free freedom allows administrators The embedded management features to monitor and manage servers more in Dell’s newest PowerEdge servers Dell’s agent-free monitoring reduces consistently – independent of what feature several dramatic performance overhead and provides consistent, OS they are running. In fact, the improvements when compared OS agnostic, management of the embedded management tools are to previous generations. The hardware. Customer can use it to not only OS agnostic, the OS doesn’t performance of the iDRAC console simplify system driver and firmware need to be running to manage the and Lifecycle Controller are optimized updates while keeping their system. The embedded tools even to perform better than ever before. production systems behind their have their own independent network The same can be said of replacement firewall by using Repository Manager connection. part reconfiguration and inventory to supply updates to the LifeCycle collection. The goal is to help Dell controller. The management tools in Dell’s 12th generation PowerEdge servers can be activated by a simple software license “Agent-free management means key and no longer require a hardware card, as was the case in the previous administrators can manage their 12G generation of PowerEdge servers. Customers can easily try out different servers without having to install, qualify tool sets, such as Express or Enterprise versions, for free for 30 days, and or manage separate agents for virtual, upgrade from Express to Enterprise with a simple license key. Dell even Linux and Windows operating systems“© 2012, QuinStreet, Inc. 2
  • 4. ServerWatch TM Simplify IT Management with Dell PowerEdge Servers One of Dell’s goals in the 12th OpenManage Hardware Center, which when paired with Dell generation PowerEdge servers is Management Console PowerEdge servers supporting Intel® to use embedded management to Node Manager technology, delivers improve all aspects of the server The 12th generation Dell PowerEdge a complete, easy to deploy and use lifecycle. servers also introduce OpenManage solution to manage data center power Essentials, a hardware management and thermals. In the deployment stage of the server console that reduces the complexity lifecycle, embedded management of basic management tasks. It is Another Dell product administrators helps administrators quickly configure simple to install, low touch, easy to can use to make infrastructure system settings and deploy the maintain and optimized for use by IT management easier is Advanced operating system — with the latest generalists, who can use it to monitor Infrastructure Manager (AIM), drivers already resident on the and maintain server, storage and a rapid workload mobility and LifeCycle Controller. networking devices. recovery management solution across heterogeneous, physical and virtual In the update phase of the lifecycle, Dell OpenManage delivers data centers. administrators can use the embedded comprehensive integration with management features, along with the popular VMware vCenter and It helps administrators simplify the the Dell update packages (DUP) from Microsoft System Center consoles, management of heterogeneous Dell.com, to ensure they are installing helping further simplify the hypervisors, servers, storage devices the most current BIOS, firmware and management of PowerEdge servers and networks, all while easing their drivers quickly and safely. that host virtual machines. Dell is also migration toward an efficient and introducing OpenManage Power virtualization-ready data center. It does The monitor phase of the server lifecycle is easier for the IT staff because there is no agent to install and maintain in the server. For the maintain phase of the server lifecycle, auto-reconfiguration of replacement parts, including the motherboard, helps simplify and streamline the maintenance of an infrastructure. The embedded systems management feature gives administrators the ability to update to the previous configuration settings – including the previous firmware version. To help improve the audit trail, Dell enhanced the logging capability and even added ability for its customers to create custom log entries.© 2012, QuinStreet, Inc. 3
  • 5. ServerWatch TM Simplify IT Management with Dell PowerEdge Servers this by managing and automating Conclusion physical and virtual server workloads, as well as their storage access and Time-consuming and manual network connectivity, from a single processes in today’s data centers are console. It helps repurpose servers causing businesses to devote some without making physical changes, of their best and brightest minds to and allows administrators to avoid keeping the IT infrastructure running rip -and-replace server upgrades by instead of helping the business grow. building on existing investments as Increased automation, monitoring they add new infrastructure. AIM helps and management of the infrastructure reduce power, cooling and operational can help businesses leverage their IT costs through server consolidation and employees for other tasks. improved asset utilization. Dell’s introduction of its 12th With the help of AIM, administrators generation PowerEdge servers can deploy servers from pallet to includes a number of features that production in minutes and quickly help monitor and manage the server change server workloads. infrastructure. Agent-less embedded management makes managing AIM can also automatically and PowerEdge servers throughout the intelligently redeploy workloads across server lifecycle easier than ever before. the infrastructure when hardware fails, A new OpenManage Essentials allowing IT departments to reduce hardware management console can the number of redundant servers integrate with popular management required. It also offers workload tools like Microsoft System Center and mobility from physical to virtual servers VMware vCenter. Dell’s AIM software or from virtual to physical servers. also helps administrators rapidly Administrators can move workloads deploy and provision servers and seamlessly, making it easier for IT manage workloads. departments increase the number of virtualized workloads.© 2012, QuinStreet, Inc. 4