There was a flurry of activity earlier this week by bloggers and reporters as Dell announced it was partnering with Egenera, Inc. to OEM Egenera’s PAN Manager virtualization management software on its PowerEdge servers.
The original press release from Dell can be read here.
Egenera, Inc. is the leader in a market segment that IDC has begun calling “Virtualization 2.0″, or as Egenera defines it, “Data Center Virtualization.” Until now, Egenera’s PAN Manager management software was only available on their high-end BladeFrame hardware platform. With the Dell announcement, Egenera has begun to expand its PAN Manager software framework to other platforms.
Industry reaction to this announcement has been overwhelmingly positive:
Virtualization Journal announces that Dell Steals Virtualization March on HP & IBM, while Forrester Research blogs that the Dell-Egenera Partnership Shores Up Both Companies in Virtualization Market. Ideas International also gushes over the partnership and questions whether this partnership might extend to other hardware vendors?
The aforementioned Ideas International story essentially sums up the the value of the Dell-Egenera partnership with the following statement: “PAN Manager allows IT managers to create an entire virtual datacenter
where nothing is tied to physical hardware. Compute, storage, and
network resources can be dynamically allocated when needed and where
needed…With PAN Manager, Dell leaps over many of its competitors with the
ability to create the virtualized datacenter of the future today using
inexpensive industry-standard components.”