Dell has announced three new additions to its OpenManage line of system management tools. The new software is designed to provide better integration between Dell's hardware management products and Microsoft's management software.
The new tools are the Dell Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager, the Dell Update Packages for Microsoft Systems Management Server, and the Dell Deployment Toolkit, which works with Microsoft's Automated Deployment Services.
"It's new software focused on integrating hardware and operating system management," Dell's senior manager for server management planning, said Chad Engelgau, said.
Dell was aiming to eliminate the "islands of management" created by separate hardware and software management tools, he said.
"It's sort of a philosophical thing," vice-president of server strategies with industry analyst company Gartner, John Enck, said.
Competitors such as HP and IBM, that had already invested much more than Dell in developing management tools, used their systems management software as a point of competitive differentiation, he said.
"By taking this path, what Dell is saying is, 'it doesn’t matter anymore. Everyone is going to standards,'" he said.
With the new Update Packages, customers will be able to use Microsoft's new Systems Management Server, which began shipping this week, to manage software patches from both Microsoft and Dell.
The Update Packages and Management Pack software are available for free at http://www.dell.com/openmanage.
Dell has also announced a Deployment Toolkit, that will work in conjunction with Microsoft's Automated Deployment Services software to let Dell customers remotely configure Dell servers.
It will ship by year's end, Dell said.