12 Jun 2012 Plano - To make it easy for customers to test and adopt secure, enterprise-class hybrid Cloud solutions, Dell is expanding availability of its Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services into Canada and Europe, and offering an introductory trial offer. The offer, which is currently available in the U.S. and Canada for $999, provides organisations of all sizes and industries an easy way to experience Dell's hybrid and public Cloud offerings, including full security, support and deployment from Dell Services.
While public Clouds can offer on-demand computing capacity, more agility and lower entry-level costs than private Clouds, some organisations may be hesitant to move to a public Cloud due to concerns about security. A recent study by Dell, Intel and TechTarget found that adoption of hybrid and private Clouds is outpacing public Cloud adoption. Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services addresses security concerns by offering some of the industry's most robust security services, including active monitoring from SecureWorks, data encryption services from Trend Micro, and multiple layers of virtual and physical security in Dell data centres. All of these are now included in the current trial offer.
Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service is enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosted in a secure Dell data centre. It can provide the software, hardware and services to become an extension of a company's data centre environment, allowing VMware customers to transition existing VMware virtualized workloads to the Cloud and manage them using their existing VMware Cloud infrastructure. In addition, it is built using a common management platform based on open, industry Cloud standards. The use of the same VMware Cloud infrastructure for connectivity across private and public Cloud creates a compatible "virtual data centre", enabling application portability across Clouds.
"I don't want to be in the data centre business. I want to leverage a service provider like Dell to help me easily scale my business. The Dell Cloud enables us to offer our customers top-notch services, and if issues should arise, Dell will handle them quickly knowing that we cannot afford downtime", stated Oz Yosef, CEO, Gratifón S.A., a telecommunications company in Panama. It was easy to set up my applications in the Dell Cloud, I was up and running in less than a day. If any questions came up, the Dell Services people just walked me through them. It was very easy and user friendly. I didn't feel like I was taking this on by myself."
Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service is backed by Dell ProSupport, which provides 24x7x365 expert phone support to help customers minimize downtime or interruption.
With the Dell Cloud, pooling of servers, networks and storage can increase agility, thus helping to reduce the time and budget needed to stand up and maintain traditional physical environments. On-demand capacity allows customers to quickly respond to new business opportunities, seasonal or cyclical trends, and other fluctuations that affect the need for capacity.
"Our goal is to help make the journey to the Cloud easy, secure and accessible for customers of all sizes", stated Ricky Santos, vice president, Cloud solutions for Dell. "The Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service gives customers control and flexibility to manage and extend IT resources for private, public or hybrid Cloud without having to retrain IT staff. Our Dell Services experts can help guide them as they experiment and implement a solution that fits within their IT environments."
Dell believes that Cloud isn't a technology, it's a corporate strategy - and that true business agility comes from an integrated, hybrid approach that links applications, data and infrastructure seamlessly wherever they are. Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services is one part of Dell's secure enterprise-class Cloud portfolio focused on delivering real business value. Dell's pragmatic approach helps customers leverage their current IT investments to build and operate an on-premise private Cloud infrastructure, and access secure multi-tenant or community Clouds.
The introductory offer is available in U.S. and Canada through July 31, 2012 for only $999. When the trial is over, customers can continue to use VMware vCloud offerings that provide single or multi-tenant environments and either compute-by-the-hour or compute-by-the-month rates of consumption.
On June 27, Dell and VMware are hosting a Think Tank event - a day of listening, collaboration and discussion with Cloud experts, bloggers, analysts, educators and technologists. You can participate in the #FutureCloud discussion via LiveStream at www.justin.tv/dell as panelists discuss key industry issues such as IT transformations around Cloud, future of Cloud computing, security, regulations and mobility.