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Dell Virtualization Announcement Masks Complexities

Dell today launched a self-proclaimed "blockbuster" announcement about virtualization products and services. But scrutiny reveals unanswered questions and hidden detail.

To summarize, here are some of the highlights of today's announcement, along with some areas of ambiguity:

  • Factory integration of hypervisors and servers
    Dell is now shipping VMware ESXi 3.5 or Citrix XenServer Dell Express Edition with its PowerEdge R805, R905, 2950, R900, 1950, 2900, M600 blade and M605 blade servers.

    The catch: You can't buy these servers from the factory with other hypervisors, even though Dell's EqualLogic SANs are integrated with wares from Virtual Iron, Parallels, and Microsoft. (See below.)

  • New servers
    Dell is offering two new servers based on AMD Opteron chips, both optimized for virtualization with double portions of memory and I/O capacity compared with previously released Dell servers in the same category.
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