Dell Adds Multi Blade Chassis Management, But Wait – There's More

Dell recently notified me the latest version – ver 3.1 – of the Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) added multi-chassis management capability.  In other words, you can have one IP address to manage multiple chassis.  Now you may ask, so what?  Other vendors have had this feature already, so what’s the big deal.  Here’s what’s big about this announcement:

#1  Management of Up to 9 M1000e Blade Chassis – that equals 1 parent plus 8 “children” chassis

#2  It’s Agentless – the chassis don’t need any agents, the software is a component of the 3.1 CMC firmware

#3  Single-Sign On – If you have LDAP or Active Directory in place, you sign on once and then you have access to the other chassis. 

#4 Single Web Page Visibility – all chassis visible in a single web page

#5 No Cables Required -Yes, that’s right.  Some other blade vendor offerings provide you with the ability to manage multiple chassis, but you have to cable them together.  With the 3.1 CMC firmware release, Dell has broken the cable barrier and allows you to connect to other M1000e chassis globally, anywhere on your network.  Imagine having a Dell M1000e blade chassis in 2 datacenters and 7 regional offices – now you can manage them through a single web site!  Pretty cool stuff.

One of my other Dell contacts also sent over a video showing the new multi-chassis management feature:

Here’s the direct link for those having trouble viewing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4bu-duEyKY

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