Dell Active System 800: An ideal platform for private cloud, VDI and applications

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Today, when it comes to private cloud, virtual desktop or collaboration application deployments, many IT organizations are missing deadlines or cannot respond fast enough to customer demands, have insufficient IT budgets to deliver against the most critical business initiatives, or have to manage tradeoffs when it comes to driving efficiency, performance or resiliency. 

Convergence in the data center is an emerging trend in IT to address these growing needs for agility, efficiency and quality to support the delivery of applications and IT services.  IT organizations are rapidly adopting converged infrastructure solutions to lower the cost of running critical workloads, enable faster infrastructure deployments, and drive simplicity and speed of management. In response, Dell has developed the Active Infrastructure family of converged infrastructure solutions, which includes fully pre-integrated systems that are pre-engineered, pre-assembled and pre-tested to accelerate time-to-value of new virtual infrastructure, drive efficiency, lower risk, and deliver future-proof flexibility and scalability. 

Dell Active System 800 is a pre-integrated offering for simplified, scalable blade server infrastructure, and it is an ideal platform for handling the demanding private cloud, virtual desktop, and business application deployments and initiatives of today and tomorrow, and all with simplified management by an IT administrator with multiple roles.

Private Cloud

Dell has engineered private cloud solution reference architectures optimized for the Active Infrastructure family of solutions. These Active Solutions offer a choice of different private cloud automation tools that provide self-service portals, service catalogs, and cost showback using either Dell VIS Creator or Microsoft System Center 2012.  Dell also offers a full range of IT support, deployment, and consulting services that many IT organizations seek to implement a private cloud initiative. 

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Because IT organizations need a holistic, pre-engineered solution for a scalable, enterprise-class VDI deployments, Dell can leverage its end-to-end capabilities to provide Active Solutions for VDI, with robust solution reference architectures that are optimized for Active System 800 and the rest of the Active Infrastructure family.

Collaboration Applications

Dell has also built collaboration Active Solutions with reference architectures for Microsoft Lync Server, SharePoint Server and Exchange Server that are optimized to run on these platforms as well.  Finally, Dell can pre-integrate solutions so IT organizations can obtain them in the fastest possible means with the assurance that Dell has engineered best practices into them.

To learn more about accelerating your virtual infrastructure time-to-value, driving business efficiency, and delivering future-enabled scalability with Dell Active Infrastructure, visit Dell’s pre-integrated systems page or talk to your Dell account team.

For more technical information, whitepapers and videos, check out the Dell Tech Center Active Infrastructurewiki pages. Also, check out the new resources for Active System Manager, which is the template-based provisioning, automated configuration, and lifecycle management software included with Active System.

About the Author: Tom Baumgartner

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