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Dell Reinforces its Commitment to Microsoft Environments

May 13, 2014

  • New virtualization, systems management and cloud computing offerings help organizations of all sizes manage, monitor and optimize their Microsoft investment
  • Dell hardware and software solutions named Best of TechEd Award finalists

    HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today atTechEd North America, Dell announced new virtualization, systems management, and cloud computing offerings that help organizations of all sizes to easily and effectively monitor and manage their Microsoft environments. Dell’s new solutions for Active Directory and Exchange virtualization management; migration and management of Active Directory; and improvements to its cloud client computing offerings reflect Dell’s commitment to maintaining the performance and health of Microsoft environments.

    Also announced today, a new version of the Dell KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance helps improve endpoint visibility, security and manageability across Microsoft environments. These new products will be showcased this week at the Microsoft TechEd Conference, booth number 1601.

    Manage, Monitor, Optimize

  • The latest version of the Dell KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance helps customers better prepare and secure their IT environments in the wake of the “Internet of Things,” with new features including: agentless technology that tracks all connected devices without having to install software directly on them, broader cross-platform inventory support, automated software blacklisting, and a new user interface.
  • Dell Active Administrator 7.0 is a comprehensive, integrated and proactive Microsoft Active Directory administration solution that complements and goes beyond native tool capabilities. From a single console, Active Administrator addresses the most important areas of Active Directory (AD) including security and delegation, auditing and alerting, backup and recovery, Group Policy, health and replication, and accounts and configurations. Active Administrator helps meet auditing requirements faster and easier than native tools, and also tightens security, maintains business continuity and increases IT efficiency. New features include:
  • Active Tiles that boost productivity at a glance in real-time to present users with status rollups of each sub-section of AD management, such as security, delegation, performance, and Group Policy
  • Quick Tasks that help AD administrators quickly execute six of their most common tasks: initiate a search for an AD object; perform four different operations against user accounts (enable/disable, reset password, unlock, or add/remove from a group); or reset a computer account
  • DC Management Module that enables IT to select the specific domain controller through which all operations will be performed. Also manages and monitors the status of domain services, performance metrics, and event logs to identify potential issues or trends before they become critical. Enables IT to easily add, remove or switch to another domain controller, connect through remote desktop, or reboot the domain controller
  • Dell Foglight for Microsoft Active Directory and Foglight for Microsoft Exchange Server are designed specifically for virtualized Active Directory (AD) and Exchange server installations. Feature/benefits include:
  • Ability to monitor the performance of AD and Exchange environments to pinpoint the impact of performance problems related to the entire virtual infrastructure
  • Intuitive web-based UI so administrators have a single-pane-of-glass view into the health and performance of their entire AD or Exchange environments
  • Out-of-the-box expert alerts, advice and dashboard capabilities that allow administrators to visualize and report on their entire enterprise, both in real-time and with a unique “any-point-in-time” historical view

    Secure, Cost-effective Thin Client and Infrastructure Support

    Dell Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI and vWorkspace, launched earlier this year and now is available in 57 countries. This solution is highly flexible, cost-effective and scalable, designed to provide organizations with integrated infrastructure options that deliver performance, agility and efficiency, while ensuring enterprise-level VDI features for one of the lowest price-per-seat solutions available today. It is ideal for organizations wishing to leverage their datacenter investment and existing expertise in Microsoft infrastructure to provide workers secure and flexible access to data and applications, while simplifying management and improving data security, control and compliance. Enhancements to the solutions announced today offer reduced storage costs and flexible deployment options for Dell customers:

  • Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces, which dramatically reduces the cost of highly available storage for desktop virtualization infrastructure, enabling the same storage performance and cost for pooled and persistent virtual machines, using Dell PowerVault MD1220 DAS, Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces and data deduplication.
  • Full support of Dell PowerEdge T420 and R420servers to meet the needs of small organization and channel partners looking to deliver VDI in increments of 50-100 seats
  • Support for the new high performance Dell Wyse 7000 series quad display thin client, a Best of TechEd Finalist.

    Dell Enterprise Solutions Optimize the Benefits of Storage Spaces and Accelerate Performance for Microsoft Environments

    Dell today announced first-time Dell PowerVault MD3060e enclosure support for PowerEdge servers, including the PowerEdge R620, R720 and R720xd. This compact, 4U, 60-drive high-density enclosure can expand up to 240 hard drives behind a single server. When paired with the fully configured Dell PowerEdge R720xd with 50TB of internal capacity, a customer can store more than a petabyte of data in less than a half-rack of standard server rack space. The PowerVault MD3060e enclosure supports various software defined storage offerings, including Microsoft Storage Spaces, allowing customers to build larger and cost-efficient configurations. Dell is Microsoft’s largest OEM partner for Storage Spaces support, and offers the most complete solution that includes servers, controllers, JBOD enclosures and disks.

    Dell also introduced new whitepapers and reference architectures for some of its latest enterprise solutions, including Dell Fluid Cache for SAN, to accelerate performance for Microsoft environments.

    Dell Products Named Best of TechEd Award Finalists

    Dell software and hardware products have been selected by Windows IT Pro as 2014 Best of TechEd finalists. The Dell products were selected from more than 200 entries evaluated on their strategic importance to the market, competitive advantage, and overall value to customers. Winners will be announced on May 14. The Dell product finalists include:

  • Dell AppAssure in the Backup and Recovery category
  • Dell Toad Development Suite for SQL Server in the Database category
  • Dell Foglight for Virtualization in the Virtualization category
  • Dell Wyse 7490 Quad Display Thin Client in the Hardware category

    Pricing and Availability:

  • Dell KACE K1000 v6.0 is available as a physical, virtual or hosted appliance. Dell KACE K1000 pricing is $8,900 for the physical or virtual appliance and 100 managed nodes. The K1000 as a Service is available for $6.50 per managed computer per month. Existing Dell KACE K1000 customers can upgrade to the latest version at no additional cost.
  • Dell Active Administrator is available now, priced at $15 USD per enabled user account.
  • Dell Foglight for Microsoft Active Directory is available now with a starting price of $750 per CPU socket.
  • Dell Foglight for Microsoft Exchange Server is available now with a starting price of $750 per CPU socket.
  • The PowerVault MD3060e enclosure support for PowerEdge servers is available worldwide now.
  • Dell Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI and vWorkspace is available now, starting at $250 per seat. The implementation of Storage Spaces on the solution will be available for sale in July. The Dell Wyse 7490-Z90QQ7p thin client is available now.
  • Dell solutions are available direct from Dell and through the channel.


    Tom Kendra, vice president and general manager, Systems Management, Dell Software

    “It is particularly important today that every organization be able to seamlessly optimize and manage their Microsoft environments. Downtime means lost revenue and productivity, and the new Dell solutions making their debut at TechEd not only are designed to make sure that all Microsoft environments stay available and productive, they also reinforce our commitment to offering solid solutions for managing, monitoring and optimizing those environments.”

    Steve Lalla, vice president and general manager, Dell cloud client-computing

    “Thanks to our collaboration with Microsoft, Dell Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI/vWorkspace makes desktop virtualization more affordable to our customers. Dell cloud client-computing combines Dell datacenter hardware, virtualization and monitoring software, services, support and Dell Wyse end points, to create a VDI solution that enhances user experience, while lightening the management burden on the IT department.”

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