Jazz is about creativity and innovation, inspired improvisation combined with skillful technique. The spirit of jazz has also been one of the inspirations for Active System Manager (ASM), which has used the names of jazz icons for its project code names. In June of this year we released Brubeck, better known as ASM 7.6. Today we are pleased to announce Coltrane, aka ASM 8.0.
This release is designed to accelerate the onboarding and deployment of IT infrastructure and to enable a more comprehensive lifecycle management approach for IT administrators.
ASM 8.0 is the latest release of Dell’s unified system management and automation platform, which enables IT administrators to accelerate service delivery and improve efficiency in a number of ways, including the ability to:
Hardware Onboarding and Initial Configuration
One of the new features in ASM 8.0 to help get hardware up and running quickly is an expanded wizard-driven automation process for the discovery and initial configuration of chassis, blade servers, and IO networking modules. Using this onboarding wizard and built-in automation can save administrators hundreds of steps and hours or days of time when onboarding new infrastructure.
ASM 8.0 initial configuration workflow with wizard-drive automation
The new capabilities of ASM 8.0 allow you to:
Get up and running quickly:
Deploy new resources with speed and confidence:
Define and manage firmware efficiently from a single point of control:
Easily scale and manage IT services throughout their lifecycle:
Define and manage user access levels to broaden system adoption:
Expanded compatibility including PowerEdge 13th generation servers
ASM 8.0 delivers an expanded compatibility list that includes, most importantly, support for the new Dell PowerEdge 13th generation server portfolio, including the PowerEdge R730, R730xd, and R630 servers. In addition, ASM 8.0 includes support for Dell SC4020 storage arrays, plus FCoE support for Cisco Nexus switches, adding to its already diverse and heterogeneous compatibility list.
ASM 8.0 not only supports the Dell PowerEdge 13th generation server portfolio, it enhances and augments the core principles of the new server family, including application delivery and performance, empowering workloads in any environment, and simplifying IT systems management.
ASM delivers top-down, service-centric automation to the Dell enterprise systems management portfolio, and complements Dell’s element manager products, including the OpenManage portfolio, by enabling the end-to-end automation of workloads and physical and virtual infrastructure across server, networking, and storage resources. With its simple yet powerful template-based provisioning approach, Dell Active System Manager provides an intuitive user experience that delivers agility, efficiency, and quality to IT organizations worldwide.
And that’s no jive.