DTCUG-IO @ VMworld 2011<br />Customer POV: Dell Management Plugin for VMware vSphere<br />
About:<br />Jonathan Franconi- Network Administrator & Technology Coordinator at  Guard Insurance Group<br />vExpert 2011 ...
Benefits of VMware vCenter Plugin<br />Manage Physical infrastructure from your own vCenter Console<br />Rapidly and consi...
Benefits of VMware vCenter Plugin<br />Get deep-level detail from Dell servers for inventory, monitoring and alerting — al...
Opinion: Jonathan<br />Great Product that simplifies the deployment of virtual machines<br />Ease of applying firmware upd...
Opinion: Matt<br />Single pane of information of physical server<br />Firmware/BIOS versions, Warranty info, service tag a...
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Jonathan Franconi (@s1xth) AND Matt Vogt (@MattVogt) - Customers Perspective on Dell Management Plug-In for VMware vCenter

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Jonathan Franconi (@s1xth) AND Matt Vogt (@MattVogt) - Customers Perspective on Dell Management Plug-In for VMware vCenter

  1. 1. DTCUG-IO @ VMworld 2011<br />Customer POV: Dell Management Plugin for VMware vSphere<br />
  2. 2. About:<br />Jonathan Franconi- Network Administrator & Technology Coordinator at Guard Insurance Group<br />vExpert 2011 <br />Blogger @ www.virtualizationbuster.com & www.handsonvirtualization.com<br />Podcast available w/ Barry Coombs from UK on iTunes <br />Avid Social Media Advocate<br />Session Presenter at Dell Storage Forum 2011 a<br />Matt Vogt – Sr. Systems Administrator – Virtualization and Storage at Fuller Theological Seminary – Pasadena, CA<br />Virtualization, Storage and Community Blogger – mattvogt.posterous.com<br />Tech Field Day 7 Delegate – Datacenter IT Infrastructure<br />Professional Collaboration through Social Media advocate - @mattvogt<br />
  3. 3. Benefits of VMware vCenter Plugin<br />Manage Physical infrastructure from your own vCenter Console<br />Rapidly and consistently provision hardware and deploy virtual machines<br />Create and use hardware and hypervisor templates<br />Maintain corporate-approved standards<br />Deploy firmware and bios updates to physical hardware <br />Stage updates to coincide with other updates<br />Wizard driven update utility<br />Automatically perform Dell recommended vCenter actions based on Dell hardware alerts <br />
  4. 4. Benefits of VMware vCenter Plugin<br />Get deep-level detail from Dell servers for inventory, monitoring and alerting — all from within vCenter <br />Automatically perform Dell recommended vCenter actions based on Dell hardware alerts <br />Integrate directly with hardware alerts with vCenter Alarms<br />Receive proactive renewal alerts from Dell before your warranty expires and access the Dell hardware warranty page online <br />
  5. 5. Opinion: Jonathan<br />Great Product that simplifies the deployment of virtual machines<br />Ease of applying firmware updates, bios updates and low level server updates<br />Major improvement from using the older methods (boot discs, USC or LifeCycle Controller<br />Future: Would like to see the plugin integrated into a “chip” on the motherboard instead being installed on virtual host<br />Future: Pricing – Would be great to have the vCenter Plugin “wrapped” into the cost of the server, easier to license<br />
  6. 6. Opinion: Matt<br />Single pane of information of physical server<br />Firmware/BIOS versions, Warranty info, service tag all in one place – don’t have to log into OMSA, iDRAC<br />vCenter becoming hub for majority of environment from 10,000ft view<br />Great UI<br />Bad interface can be undermining of good products<br />Improvements I’d like to see<br />Deploy to imbedded SD card – currently can only deploy hypervisor to SATA, SAS, SSD hard drives<br />Built-in space for local repository (a la KACE), remove need for external CIFS/NFS share<br />Pricing – beating the dead horse – 3 for free, 5 pay, 10 pay, etc.<br />
  7. 7. Thank you!<br />

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