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Dell, VMware deliver virtualisation

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Dell and VMware are simplifying virtualisation for customers with a strategy that will deliver Dell PowerEdge servers embedded with VMware ESX 3i hypervisor with a "single click." The initiative is the first in a series of innovations that will expand adoption of virtualisation as a standard ingredient in data centre technology.

Dell will begin the process of putting VMware ESX 3i hypervisor across all virtualisation-certified Dell PowerEdge servers starting in early April. Customers will be able to purchase with a single click, easing virtualisation planning, deployments and management.
“Virtualisation radically simplifies IT – and we’re the only vendor delivering it to customers in a single click,” says Doug Downing, enterprise brand manager, Dell South Africa. “We’re unleashing the potential of virtualisation – from servers through storage – and we’re making it simple for customers.”
Diane Greene, president and CEO of VMware, comments: “Dell and VMware are delivering on a shared vision for virtualisation. Dell is virtualisation-enabling their servers with the VMware ESX 3i hypervisor, giving the PowerEdge line standalone server consolidation capability.
"Customers can upgrade from the VMware ESX 3i hypervisor to VMware’s data centre virtualisation and management suite, VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3). VI3 provides automatic load balancing, business continuity, power management and the ability to move a virtual machine across physical machines with no service interruption.”
By making virtualisation a mainstream, pervasive data centre architecture, customers can immediately reduce capital and operating costs, improve security, ensure business continuity and deploy green IT environments.
Dell PowerEdge servers provide an ideal platform for customers to deploy these environments. The Dell PowerEdge 2950-III and Dell’s new PowerEdge M-Series blade solution own the top benchmark for server for virtualisation performance.  The M-Series also provides lead-free configurations that further help customers further minimise their environmental impact.
When combined with the recently announced Dell EqualLogic PS5000 Series storage arrays and Dell Virtualisation Readiness Assessment Services, these solutions give customers a complete, simplified and greener end-to-end virtualisation-ready data centre.
The VMware ESX 3i hypervisor is based on core VMware virtualisation technology in use by more than 100,000 customers. It is the industry’s smallest hypervisor (32MB), enabling high levels of security and reliability, and it is the only OS-independent virtualisation platform. VMware ESX 3i delivers single-server consolidation with fast and easy deployment—the first virtual machine can operate within minutes of booting a server with pre-configured and optimised hardware configurations.
Customers can upgrade from VMware ESX 3i hypervisor to VMware’s data centre virtualisation and management suite, VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3). VI3 provides automatic load balancing, business continuity, power management and the ability to move a virtual machine across physical machines with no service interruption. VI3 is also compatible with VMware’s desktop virtualisation and management solutions.