More than one year ago Egenera announced a major change in its go-to-market strategy, finally allowing some partners to OEM its cloud-computing-in-a-box software: Pan Manager.
The first and only company answering the call so far has been Fujitsu Siemens. But yesterday Egenera finally announced its second partner, and it is a really desirable one: Dell.
The two signed an OEM agreement for the North America (to be extended in EMEA and APAC during 2009) that rules the distribution of Pan Manager with a massive Dell rack featuring 192 CPU cores and 1536 GB RAM.
And this is just the beginning. Dell and Egenera are jointly developing a new solution platform that will launched in Q1 2009.
Unfortunately the Pan Manager that ships with the Dell system still includes vmBuilder 2.1, which embeds Citrix XenServer 4.1 (meaning no support for Windows Server 2008 guests).
Over the course of 2009 Egenera plans to update vmBuilder to 2.2 and include XenServer 5.0.