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Dell Bundles VMware, Continues Enterprise Push

Dell this week unveiled a server bundle including server virtualization software from VMware.

This is part of the Round Rock, Texas-based company's strategy to scale out its low-cost hardware in the enterprise data center. That plan has ignited a debate in the channel about VMware's channel strategy and Dell's ability to compete in this space.

The Dell-VMware Virtual Infrastructure configurations include two-way or four-way Dell PowerEdge 6650 servers running VMware ESX Server 2.0.1, VirtualCenter and VMotion; Dell/EMC Clariion CX300 or CX500 storage systems; and a Dell PowerEdge 1750 server running the VMware VirtualCenter Management Server.

Subo Guha, director of software product marketing in Dell's Product Group, said VMware not only provides load balancing of applications within a server, but also across all servers.

"This aligns with our strategy to help customers grow their server utilization by moving more applications to four-way and two-way servers for the best TCO [total cost of ownership]," he said. "Customers can start small and increase capacity as they grow."

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