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Dell servers get VMware vCenter plug-in: News in brief

System administrators can now manage Dell PowerEdge servers directly from their VMware vCenter console; and other data center news.

Dell updates PowerEdge management software
Dell’s new Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter allows PowerEdge server administrators to provision bare metal servers, deploy hypervisors, handle firmware and BIOS updates, and manage alerts directly from the virtualization provider’s management console. Dell also enhanced its PowerEdge servers’ embedded systems management capabilities, making it easier to deploy systems and updates, migrate workloads and monitor hardware. In addition, a new version of Dell’s integrated Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) allows remote server management, monitoring, troubleshooting, remediation and upgrades.

Energy management startup integrates with Cisco, Intel and VMware
JouleX, maker of JouleX Energy Management (JEM) energy management suite, said its JEM version 2.5 is now integrated with the Cisco EnergyWise API, Intel’s Data Center Manager and NodeManager, and VMware vCenter. Such integration improves on its  ability to measure and analyze energy consumption in the data center. JEM 2.5 also supports Windows Remote Management (WinRM) and Active Directory Organizational Units (OU), among other enhancements.

Wire-free power, humidity monitoring
Power Assure, a provider of data center infrastructure management, last week teamed up with Packet Power, a wireless power-monitoring provider, on an integrated wireless power- and temperature-monitoring solution. Power Assure’s Dynamic Power Management software collects in SNMP format from wireless Packet Power monitoring devices, which are deployed across the data center to gather power, temperature and relative humidity information. The integrated offering is available immediately from both vendors.

Next-gen monitoring providers land customers
Two emerging systems management providers flaunted new customers last week. Belgian postal provider bpost selected Nimsoft Monitoring Service (NMS) to monitor its physical and virtual servers, as well as its network, while LogicMonitor claimed that IT Solutions of Philadelphia, and Bellwether Technology Corp. of New Orleans, selected its offerings. Both LogicMonitor and Nimsoft offer their management software on a Software-as-a-Service basis, although NMS can also be deployed at the customer’s premises.

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