Dell believes that customers should not be forced to choose a systems management strategy based on their hardware vendor of choice or the form factor of a server. Why should managing blade servers be any different from managing other servers? Dell's partnerships with industry leaders allow choice and flexibility with integration into leading 3rd party enterprise management applications and existing management infrastructures such as Mircosoft and Altiris.
Physical deployment of servers can be greatly accelerated by utilizing blade servers. With individual rack servers, each server must be installed separately. With blade servers, once the time investment has been made to install the blade chassis, adding an additional server to the chassis is as simple as sliding a blade server into the chassis and powering up the blade - with the server sitting horizontally like a book in a bookshelf.
Just like other PowerEdge servers, the PowerEdge 1855 is easy to manage with the intuitive suite of Dell OpenManageTM products for deployment, change management, and monitoring. Once the blade server is installed in the chassis, the server can easily be provisioned with existing tools like those from Dell, Microsoft® or Altiris® . A port in the front of each blade server is also available to enable USB ports for provisioning the server with external USB media like CD-ROM, floppy drive or USB key devices.
The DRAC/MC (shown below) also provides remote management of the enclosure and blade servers including power control, event log reporting, and inventory reporting. In addition, a second DRAC/MC module is available for active/passive redundancy.
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