Infrastructures Are As Unique As Finger Prints, We Should Manage Them That Way

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The best IT managers can sense the difference between routine and complex tasks. Routine tasks help you practice your skills. These tasks require minimal effort and focus. Not because they are unimportant, but because they have been mastered. Complex tasks are situations that are, at first, unfamiliar. They require intense focus and planning. Complex tasks increase your skill as an IT manager.

Dell EMC OpenManage system management solutions give IT managers the right tool for the right task. It’s what we call OpenManage FlexSelect. With OpenManage FlexSelect, you can apply the best-fit tool to each area of IT. You can also select your preferred level of effort, based on the IT challenge or the skill of your IT professionals.

Systems management tailored to your needs

With OpenManage FlexSelect, you can select the best options for IT. You can choose automated deployment, remote management or enhanced monitoring, to name a few. You can also choose how to manage — through commands, guided menus or fully automated scripts. Finally, you can choose your scope. OpenManage FlexSelect provides solutions that scale from single servers to multi-vendor, global data centers.

Manage modern IT with OpenManage FlexSelect

Adding to the intuitive interface, OpenManage Enterprise will also include a new plugin dashboard, where users can easily install, update and disable plugins. The first plugin will be OpenManage Enterprise – Power Manager[1].

Installing the OpenManage Enterprise – Power Manager plugin adds power management to the OpenManage Enterprise console. With this easy to install plugin, you can view and monitor server power and thermal status by server and group. You can also set group policies to throttle power in response to events (brown outs, rolling black outs, room cooling equipment failures). With OpenManage Enterprise – Power Manager, you can extend the up-time of business-critical applications through efficient power management.

We are also announcing out-of-band management support[2] for the new Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory and Intel Optane DC Solid State Disk. IDRAC9 gives you the ability to create a Server Configuration Profile that automates the configuration of BIOS, memory, storage and networking. This automation speeds deployment times and reduces human error. We are pleased to be able to support Intel Optane DC offerings through the iDRAC9.

Managing while on the move is also a very important for IT staff. Dell EMC OpenManage Mobile with Augmented Reality Scanner helps increase efficiency when managing at the rack or from across the globe. Today, we are announcing the addition of augmented reality to OpenManage Mobile[3]. Using your mobile phone or tablet, you can view the status of your MX7000 modules through augmented reality. This adds a greater level of efficiency when identifying and remediating issues.

Manage security risk with OpenManage

There is a level of security that everyone expects from IT. Dell EMC PowerEdge and OpenManage provide integrated security features in every server. However, every area of IT does not require the same level of security. That is why OpenManage solutions give you tools to apply the right security to the right IT. Today, we are announcing the following additions and enhancements.

OpenManage Secure Enterprise Key Manager provides enterprise data security to protect sensitive data. Local key management provides data protection in the event of a drive theft. Enterprise key management provides protection in the event of a drive or server theft. Enterprise key management also streamlines management of encryption keys with a centralized key management console.

Delivered as a solution, the OpenManage Secure Enterprise Key Manager supports the Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP), which is an open, industry standard for enterprise encryption key management. Solutions that support the KMIP protocol enable flexibility and help prevent vendor lock-in.

New features added to iDRAC9 include Cipher Suite Selection and HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS). With Cipher Suite Selection, you can limit the ciphers negotiated by iDRAC9. HSTS limits web browsers to interact using only the secure HTTPS protocol.

Let us help you leave your fingerprints on IT

With Dell EMC OpenManage FlexSelect, you can deliver solutions that are as unique as your IT infrastructure. With FlexSelect, you have all the tools you need to discover, deploy, configure, monitor, update, remediate and secure.

Lean more about our full portfolio of OpenManage systems management solutions at dell.com/openmanage

[1] Available July 2019

[2] Full support (inventory, monitor, update and configure) for Intel Optane DC SSD available as of March 5, 2019. Inventory and monitor for Intel Optane DC persistent memory as of March 5, 2019, update and configure capabilities for memory mode available 2Q2019, update and configure for all modes available in 2H 2019.

[3] Available for Android and iOS mobile devices. Available for download on April 22, 1019

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