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Dell announces its first Public Cloud offering

New offering runs in Dell datacenters and offers enterprise class, secure public, private and hybrid clouds and includes consulting, application and infrastructure services.

 

Date: 30 Aug 2011

Dell and VMware have announced the availability of the Dell Cloud based on VMware vCloud® Datacenter Services designed to provide a seamless multi-tenant environment for running virtual systems. Dell is one of the first providers authorised to provide VMware vCloud Datacenter Services for enterprise-class, secure, public, private and hybrid clouds.

Yesterday’s announcement is the first public and hybrid cloud offering by Dell and supports Dell’s strategy to provide customers next-generation computing solutions composed of hardware, software and services. Dell will also offer consulting, application and infrastructure services to help companies transform their legacy IT environment and integrate these cloud services effectively in their business.

Dell and VMware will provide Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) choice for customer organisations, hosting and outsourcing firms, system integrators and service providers. The offer provides automation, multi-level security and availability in order to manage on-demand capacity, workload scalability, or as a platform to respond to changing business needs more rapidly.

To address one of the greatest concerns customers have with cloud implementations, Dell delivers a complete, multi-layer enterprise security solution. Through the acquisition of SecureWorks and strategic partnerships with VMware and Trend Micro, Dell’s top priority is securing critical IT assets for the customer through the multi-layer provisioning of services. Dell protects the datacenter’s infrastructure through the management and monitoring of network firewalls, web application firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and vulnerability scanning. Virtual datacenters are also protected with security boundaries allocated to specific organisations. Log monitoring and reporting provides visibility into relevant security controls to help customers demonstrate compliance with industry standards.

Dell powers many of today’s top global search engines and largest web sites. In addition, Dell has one of the largest install bases of VMware customers and is very well positioned to offer comprehensive support from the datacenter to the cloud for VMware environments.

Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services includes several options for customers:

· · Public - Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service is an enterprise-class, secure offer of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IAAS) hosted in a secure Dell datacenter. This service provides access to vCPUs, memory, storage networks, IP addresses, firewalls, and catalog capabilities.

· · Private – Utilising the same expertise, service and technology delivered in its own datacenters, Dell will build private clouds at either our customer’s datacenter or Dell datacenters leveraging VMware offerings including VMware vSphere® and VMware vCloud Director™ as well as Dell’s vStart offering.

· · Hybrid - Dell and VMware provide a single source to substantially simplify the management of customers’ physical and VMware vSphere-based virtual data center infrastructure adding flexibility to customer requirements. Utilising VMware vCloud Connector, the hybrid cloud solution provides management of on- or off-premise private cloud and Dell’s Public cloud offering.

In keeping with Dell’s principles of open, capable and affordable, the cloud offering is based on open standards and interoperable technologies that enable the seamless portability of workloads between public and private clouds. This offering is optimised to IT outsourcing capabilities for customers wanting to leverage their standardised VMware data centers to achieve greater business transformation results at lower costs.

This is the first offering of Dell’s cloud vision that is based on providing next generation end-to-end solutions to address customers’ requirements.

Solution Availability and Beta Program

Dell is currently offering the Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service with beta customers. The offering will be generally available in the U.S. in the fourth calendar quarter this year with rollout planned for EMEA and APJ in 2012.

Partnership

Dell and VMware have enjoyed a strong and strategic relationship for almost 10 years. Dell is one of the largest VMware resellers in the world and the companies’ combined products are used worldwide to help organisations drive efficiency. VMware hypervisors are certified as a component of Dell’s converged infrastructure offering, vStart, and can be managed by Dell’s Advanced Infrastructure Manager offering, which enables businesses to manage physical and virtual resources from a single console.

Mobile Clinical Computing

Also at VMworld 2011, Dell is announcing that its Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) is now certified under the VMware Ready™ Desktop Solutions program. The MCC solution builds on Dell Desktop Virtual Solutions architecture adding tools, features and services designed to enhance clinical workflow by simplifying doctor and nurse access to critical patient care applications and information. VMware View™ centralises clinical desktops and point-of-care applications into the private cloud or datacenter enabling them to be delivered as a secure managed service to any qualified end point device. This increases security, simplifies desktop management and increases the level of availability of clinical desktops for Dell’s MCC customers. Hospitals that have implemented MCC are reclaiming thousands of hours a year per clinician for patient care thanks to the solution’s robust clinical efficiency features that streamline authentication procedures, enable workstation sharing, provide persistent compute sessions despite location changes and, ultimately, reduce the number of clicks and the amount of time it takes for clinicians to access information they need for their jobs. For IT departments, MCC simplifies the configuration, deployment and management of client systems, virtually eliminating the need for time-consuming desk-side or bed-side support.
 

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