When you are standing in the data center manually updating another server, do you ever wonder “They have driverless cars and artificial intelligence, why am I still doing IT management manually? There has to be a better way.”?
Did you know that up to 75% of downtime is caused by manual and disconnected IT processes? Additionally, many IT organizations are dealing with increased workloads and reduced budgets.
These factors make it critical for IT professionals to work smarter. You need a tool that can deliver better results with less time and fewer steps, so you have the time and energy to drive business goals and manage complex IT infrastructure.
At Dell Technologies, we believe an intuitive infrastructure management tool should be part of the value we deliver. Introducing our secret weapon: the latest version of Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise. It is designed to take the complexity out of IT infrastructure management.
Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise 3 key pillars
Intuitive user interface: The console offers a modern HTML5 GUI and deploys as a virtual appliance for VMware ESXi™, Microsoft® Hyper-V, and KVM environments. With elastic search technology, OpenManage Enterprise is intuitive. It requires less training efforts and new employees can learn the console in no time.
Innovative plugin architecture is another exciting new feature. OpenManage Enterprise adds plugin extensibility with a new plugin dashboard. Through the same interface, plugins can be easily installed, updated and disabled. The first plugin will be OpenManage Enterprise – Power Manager. No more roaming through different management appliances just to complete essential tasks. “It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by too many features or too much functionality in a management console. Dell EMC OpenManage FlexSelect is a pretty smart approach to making IT management easy for customers.” notes Matt Kimball, Senior Analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy.
One-to-many: OpenManage Enterprise is a one-to-many systems management console for the data center. With one single tool, you can manage up to 8,000 devices regardless of form factors, such as Dell EMC PowerEdge racks, towers, modular servers, or newly added support for PowerVault MD and ME Storage systems.In addition, it allows you to monitor third party infrastructure within the same console. Two birds with one stone. Did I mention it allows you to manage devices remotely as well?
Automate lifecycle management activities: In addition to the user interface benefits mentioned above, OpenManage Enterprise delivers value through automation. It saves you time and reduces the risks of costly human error and IT downtime.
See how OpenManage Enterprise helps you not only to complete critical management tasks, but complete them better.
- Hands-free discovery and deployment: Once a known services tag is discovered on the network, OpenManage Enterprise can automatically deploy the system using a predefined template. The template setup is simple. You can clone it from an existing server/chassis or follow the simple menu driven template creation or editing guide. Why would you still deploy servers manually?
- Comprehensive updates: It is critical to ensure your infrastructure is up to date. OpenManage Enterprise streamlines the update processes for you. From matching inventory with the latest updates on DellEMC.com, to downloading and streamlining updates, you can manage all these tasks with the menu driven setup feature. It allows you to streamline updates on demand or schedule for later.
- Configuration drift compliance monitor: Data center security is always the priority. OpenManage Enterprise enables you to set up and monitor individual servers or groups of servers for compliance and receive notification of deviations.
- Customized Reports: To further enhance your server lifecycle management journey, OpenManage Enterprise enables you to build and design customized reports that align with your unique business processes. For example, one of the most common headaches IT professionals face is locating NIC cards when a vendor issues a recall. Customizable reports provide you the detailed information on the servers that are using the recalled NIC cards.
I revealed my secret on how the latest version of OpenManage Enterprise can help you get better results while saving time and effort. While Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise handles all the complicated administrative tasks for you, you can focus on critical decision making. Are you with me? Work smarter, not harder.
 The causes and costs of data center system downtime: Advisory Board Q&A, Stephen J. Bigelow, Senior Technology Editor
 Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise 3.2 will be announced in Dell Technology World 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. The release to web date is June 2019
 The first plugin will be OpenManage Enterprise – Power Manager which will be released in July 2019
 Accelerating it transformation through intelligent automation in server infrastructure, by Matt Kimball, Moor Insights & Strategy, September 2017
 PowerVault MD and ME Storage systems support will be available in OpenManage Enterprise 3.2
 Service tag is a unique identifier for each device. This new feature of auto deploy by services tags will be available on OpenManage Enterprise 3.2 release