Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter ordering online

Back when we announced this there wasn’t an easy link to order online. We’ve added some tags to the category index that now returns them as part of a standard uri. You can click on this link and go there directly. Note that the usual caveats apply to the prices, discounts, corporate licenses etc. all effect the actual price you pay…

We are working on the HLD for the 2nd release, I’d really like to hear back from anyone that uses or tries it. You can either post here, or email me direct, email address top right.

3 Responses to “Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter ordering online”

  1. 1 lotlwc March 16, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Hi Mark, is this Spectre? If so does it have support Poweredge C series? From memory in the initial discussion I had with Dell there were some limitations around Poweredge C. The product looked very useful, but we would want all our servers in it, which is a mix of traditional Poweredge models (M server/R series/x950) and Poweredge C.


    • 2 cathcam March 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      Yes, thats its the product that came from codename Spectre. I’ve asked the product strategy guy for his answer. Mine would be around the capabilities since PowerEdge has no embedded management, just straight bmc. So from my perspective you can see the PowerEdge-C servers are there, power-on, power-off, and boot them, thats about it. I’ll re-post when I hear back.

      Thanks for the follow-up Jeremy.

    • 3 cathcam March 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      Jeremy, here is the answer from Eric Kuzmack in the product strategy team. “Yes, this is Spectre. It currently does not support the PowerEdge C platform, but we are investigating what support we could provide. The technical hurdle is that the advanced features such as deployment and firmware updates are driven through the integrated iDRAC/Lifecycle Controller in the PE M & R class, which is something that the C class does not have, and the more basic features are provided via the OpenManage Agent which isn’t supported on the C class. As you are probably aware, some of the lower costs attributed to the C class are based on just having a BMC and not having (and therefore not paying for) the advanced management capabilities that the iDRAC/Lifecycle Controller provide.”

      We’d be happy to continue discussing here or via email if that works better for you.

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I'm Mark Cathcart, formally a Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group; before that Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. Prior to that, I was IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society ( I'm an information technology optimist.

I was a member of the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative Steering committee. Read more about it here.

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