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VMworld 2011: Dell Launches Public Cloud Services Offering

Matthew Weinberger

September 2, 2011

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VMworld 2011: Dell Launches Public Cloud Services Offering

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Dell’s no stranger to cloud computing, offering its larger data center service provider partners a complete platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering for some time now. But at this week’s VMworld 2011, Dell announced its first-ever public cloud offering: Dell Cloud based on VMware vCloud Datacenter Services, available for U.S. customers in Q4 2011.

With this deal, Dell becomes one of the first companies to sign on with VMware’s cloud service provider initiative. The major thrust of the offering consists of public, private and hybrid cloud solutions, mainly revolving around infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).

But Dell also will offer its customers professional cloud integration and migration services around applications, infrastructure and monitoring, according to the press release.

To avoid confusion, here’s the bullet-pointed fact sheet from the press release, including how Dell is defining “public,” “hybrid” and “private” clouds for this offering:

  • 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 – Utilizing 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. Utilizing VMware vCloud Connector, the hybrid cloud solution provides management of on- or off-premise private cloud and Dell’s Public cloud offering.

Dell is promoting this as just the latest sign of its deepening cloud investment, building on its $612 million acquisition of SaaS security provider SecureWorks and strategic partnership with Trend Micro. And, in a different direction, Dell is investing in the SMB cloud market with Dell Cloud Business Applications.

Keep watching TalkinCloud for more Dell cloud clues, even as we get closer to the first-ever Dell World partner conference.


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