Dell, AMD 'DASH' Toward New StandardsBy Scott Ferguson | Posted 2007-03-27 Email Print
The two companies are some of the first major vendors to offer software and hardware that will meet new standards set by the Distributed Management Task Force.
Dell is readying a new generation of its OptiPlex commercial desktops to meet new industry management standards.
The Round Rock, Texas, PC maker is scheduled to announce on March 27 that the next generation of its OptiPlex desktops will incorporate the new DASH (desktop and mobile architecture for systems management hardware) management and security standards.
The DASH initiative was announced on March 22 by the Distributed Management Task Force as a replacement for the older ASF (alert standard format).
While the older standards gave administrators the ability to boot and power up PCs with an enterprise's fleet, the new standards look to take these management abilities a step further by adding extra security tools and new ways to check on the specific configurations of each desktop and notebook within a company.
The new standards will also use DMTF's WS-Management (Web services for management) specifications, which will create a Web-based services management tool for desktops and laptops.
Dell is not the only vendor looking to adopt DASH standards.