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Dell offers new virtualization-to-cloud management tools

The Virtual Integrated System architecture from Dell supposedly helps users transition to cloud models, consolidating compute, storage and networking.

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Dell's Virtual Integrated System takes users to the cloud
Hardware firm Dell is launching a new set of tools for server owners to manage virtualized environments. Virtual Integrated System will give users ways to manage virtual machines with a piece of Dell software and also create templates for application stacks. The Advanced Infrastructure Manager supposedly handles multiple hypervisors and hardware environments, and the Self Service Creator lets admins create users that can self-deploy approved resources.

Of course, this is Dell server management software here, so unless pigs flew and the staff at missed it, nearly everyone that tries this will give up and wait for the Microsoft equivalent.

Payroll giant ADP teams up with IBM's Cast Iron
Payroll services giant ADP has partnered with Cast Iron, recently acquired by IBM in a high-profile deal, to integrate ADP's tax compliance services with bustling mid-market financial software products. Cast Iron provides point-and-click data integration tools; ADP will marry services with tools like Avalara (formerly Great Plains) sales tax software, Sage Mas 90 accounting software and so on.

"The problem we look to solve is to find a way to a lower cost, a simpler way to integrate with the numerous mid-market solutions available today," said Lori Schreiber, general manager for ADP Tax Services.

She added that ADP, with 550,000 customers around the world, had built a lucrative and efficient outsourced tax services business division, but wanted a way to reach smaller customers. "We have only looked at the national market; the market is underpenetrated in the under-1000 employee-sized firms," she said.

ADP's plan is to link its manpower and IT infrastructure in doing taxes with accounting software that might lack the crucial, real-time service model so in vogue these days. Using Cast Iron lets ADP jump-start its ability to compete directly with Intuit and other online tax preparers without having to spend a lot of time.

For its part, Cast Iron says that the mix of old firms and older accounting software with cloud services is a great demonstration of the vaunted agility and new possibilities in cloud computing. Of course, Cast Iron is an IBM company now, so bring your wallet.

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