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Egenera on Monday unveiled the latest version of its software that merges IP and storage networking traffic on an appliance, and said that Dell is implementing that software to create a clustered, converged infrastructure solution.
Egenera's new PAN Manager 6.0 is aimed at providing customers and partners, including Dell, with an alternative to Cisco's UCS and Hewlett-Packard's Matrix solutions, said Pete Manca, president and CEO of the Marlboro, Mass.-based vendor.
PAN Manager 6.0 and Dell's new PAN System 3.0, based on Dell servers and the Egenera software, were introduced at the Interop conference, held this week in Las Vegas.
Converged infrastructure refers to tying server, storage and IP networking into an integrated solution in order to give customers a single vendor source for building data centers and moving towards cloud computing.
However, vendors such as Cisco and HP are building their converged infrastructure solutions with their own hardware and software stacks, Manca said.
"For those vendors, it's very natural to build a stack of their own hardware and software," he said. "But it's not a heterogeneous solution. Our solution runs on any platform."