This 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 data centre's infrastructure through the management and monitoring of network firewalls, web application firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and vulnerability scanning. Virtual data centres 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 data centre to the Cloud for VMware environments.
Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services includes several options for customers:
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 optimized to IT outsourcing capabilities for customers wanting to leverage their standardized VMware data centres 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.
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 roll-out planned for EMEA and APJ in 2012.
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.
Also at VMworld 2011, Dell announced that its Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) is now certified under the VMware Ready Desktop Solutions programme. The MCC solution builds on Dell Desktop Virtual Solutions architecture adding tools, features and services designed to enhance clinical work flow by simplifying doctor and nurse access to critical patient care applications and information. VMware View centralizes clinical desktops and point-of-care applications into the private Cloud or data centre 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.
"Dells new VMware vCloud Datacenter Services offering will leverage its deep expertise with VMware virtualization and private Cloud deployments to provide customers with multiple IT services options across private, public and hybrid Cloud solutions. Our expanded partnership will enable enterprises to improve efficiency and agility by leveraging internal and external resources in a compatible, compliant and flexible manner, based on a common architecture developed and certified together by VMware and Dell", stated Scott Aronson, senior vice president, global channels and alliances, VMware.
"Dell is excited to announce with VMware our first Public Cloud offering that will provide customers with a secure, enterprise solution. With one of the largest bases of VMware installed customers, we will be able to provide seamless interoperability with existing VMware environments", stated Steve Schuckenbrock, president, Dell Services.
"Our customer surveys show data security and privacy still top the list of concerns about implementing Cloud services, and Dell's new Cloud is designed to address those concerns. Interestingly, this offering should allow Dell to address surveyed customers' second greatest concern, which is migrating systems with on-premise data or applications to the Cloud", stated Gard Little, IDC.