A Simple Path to Virtualization
DellTM PowerEdgeTM virtualization-ready server configurations are designed to streamline peripheral options to those best suited for virtualization, helping to make your decision process easier. Optional factory-integrated embedded hypervisors can help you get your solution up and running faster.
Virtualization your way: Choosing the Right Hypervisor
Dell offers a choice of industry leading hypervisors for flexibility in tailoring a solution to meet your unique needs. The chart below provides a high level comparison of hypervisor capabilities. If you have questions about which hypervisor is best for your needs, please contact your Dell sales representative.
|Category||Feature||Citrix® XenServer 4.1
||Microsoft® Hyper – VTM ||VMwareTM ESX 3.5 ||VMware |
ESXi 3.5 *
|Implementation||Embedded||Available with Windows Server 2008 ||CD ROM||Embedded|
|Storage Support ||iSCSI SAN storage|
|Fibre Channel SAN storage||NA|
|SAS external storage|
|Internal RAID management|
|Systems Management ||Remote Management|
|Advanced functionality *||Citrix XenServer Enterprise||Microsoft System Center and Virtual Machine Manager||VMware Infrastructure 3 & VirtualCenter||VMware Infrastructure 3 & VirtualCenter|
|Dynamic workload management|
|NA = Not Available|| = Good|| = Better|| = Best|
What's the difference between VMware ESX 3.5 and VMware ESXi 3.5?
ESXi 3.5 is VMware’s next-generation hypervisor technology, co-developed with Dell to facilitate embedded virtualization. Dell recommends evaluating embedded VMware ESXi 3.5 for simplified deployment and higher security in shared-storage environments. As the virtualization ecosystem is adapting to VMware’s new hypervisor architecture, the CD-ROM based VMware ESX 3.5 will still have the broadest compatibility with 3rd-party management tools and provide the most robust management environment.
What does "embedded" mean?
Embedded hypervisors are designed to deliver all the functionality required to partition a server resources, while minimizing the software code for simplified installation and increased reliability and security. By selecting an embedded option with your server purchase, your Dell PowerEdge server will arrive fully configured, tested and ready to deploy into your environment as a virtualization platform with just a few clicks.