Microsoft and Dell are looking to merge their Systems Management Server and OpenManage suites to create a powerful, easy and cost-effective server management solution.
The move is meant to bolster Dell’s product suite in the face of competitors’ offerings, such as IBM and HP’s fully featured server management tools.
The companies claim that the integrated software will allow network mangers to update system software, operating systems or applications with a single click of the mouse.
The move should also make it easy for companies leveraging existing solutions from either vendor to integrate their server management platforms without necessarily losing existing scripts and management extensions.
In other news, Dell has announced that they will likely be adding AMD’s microprocessors to their high end server lines early next year. “We´re looking on AMD much more favorably now,” said Dell CEO Kevin Rollins. He stopped short of saying that Dell and AMD have actually struck a deal, but his tone, and the fact that he repeated a statement that moved the markets last week, make an agreement seem quite likely.