"Customers are in the driver's seat when it comes to procuring Cloud and virtualization solutions and Dell is on target with its new offerings as the company is both innovating and partnering to give customers exactly the solutions that will best fit their business needs", stated Wayne Pauley, Senior Analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). "Dell's new offerings should help customers boost IT performance and better enable business agility. When you include VMware's virtualization technology with Dell's solutions, customers will want to take a close look at how they can further enhance and quickly optimize their businesses with these joint solutions."
Dell Networking has expanded its S-series portfolio with the new S6000, the industry's highest-density
1RU 10/40GbE switching platform for highly-virtualized data centres. A fixed form factor design, the S6000 offers up to twice the density and throughput while consuming up to 50 percent less power than previous generation top-of-rack switches. Built-in advanced virtualization and automation features help customers scale larger virtual deployments in a smaller physical footprint, and helps solve the challenge of bridging virtualized and non-virtualized aspects of the infrastructure.
S6000 supports advanced network virtualization and software-defined networking features including hardware-accelerated L2 Gateway functionality for use with VMware NSX, bridging traffic between virtualized and non-virtualized environments.
Dell is also previewing enhanced functionality with Active Fabric Manager (AFM) 2.0 specifically for VMware environments. Active Fabric Manager provides simplified configuration, management and monitoring of Dell Active Fabric leaf and spine elements. With AFM 2.0, Dell will be introducing command line interface functionality for VMware vSphere Distributed Switch allowing customers to now configure both physical and virtual fabric switches with common design templates and industry-standard command line syntax.
Dell also introduced:
Dell Cloud Client Computing introduced a broad range of innovative technologies in the DVS Enterprise for VMware Horizon View solution to help customers enhance their corporate IT environments. DVS Enterprise for VMware View updates include:
Dell also updated its cloud-based virtual desktop solution, Dell Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) On Demand with new features from Desktone's secure multi-tenant VDI platform, delivering session-based desktops, published applications, persistent or non-persistent Windows 7 or XP desktops, RSA secure authentication, among others. With these updates and Dell's rapid pilot program, one of the world's largest Media and Entertainment Services companies is implementing this solution. Dell has also extended DaaS On Demand to Channel Partners for the first time and is offering a free trial so customers can quickly and easily experience the benefits of delivering secure, fully-featured virtual desktops to users without any upfront capital cost.
Helping businesses of all sizes streamline virtualization, storage and Cloud computing initiatives, Dell Software recently introduced the next generation of its Foglight Virtualization Operations Management suite to help businesses address a number of data centre transformation challenges - from virtual environment optimization to solving storage performance challenges and creating energy savings. The trio of products accelerate IT staff efficiency and can cut operational costs by reducing infrastructure complexity with end-to-end visibility and best practice advice built on years of virtualization management experience.
With regard to data centre solutions, Dell expects the S6000 will be available worldwide in its third fiscal quarter; Dell Fault Resilient Memory is available now in all regions for customers running Dell PowerEdge 12G servers and VMware vSphere 5.5; Dell Compellent vSphere Client Plug-in 2.0 is available worldwide today and Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager for VMware 4.0 will be available in Q4.
With regard to Cloud client computing solutions, Dell DVS Enterprise updates will be available before the end of August in the U.S. and select countries in EMEA - other regions are supported via channel partners and custom deployments; Dell Wyse P25 and P45 zero clients are currently available and the Dell Wyse D10DP thin client with PCoIP will be available late September 2013; Dell DaaS on Demand is available in North America through the channel in late July 2013 and in EMEA in mid-August 2013.
Concerning software, Foglight for Virtualization will be available on August 31 in English-only and available worldwide.
"Virtualization and Cloud computing are pushing customers to find solutions that are fast to deploy, easy to manage and optimized for performance", stated Russ Fujioka, vice president, Global Alliances, Partners and Marketing Innovation, Dell. "With Dell's new customer-inspired solutions unveiled today, Dell is demonstrating how we're at the forefront of delivering innovative Cloud and virtualization solutions that combine leading solutions from VMware and Dell."
"Dell and VMware share the goal of helping customers optimize their Cloud and virtualization solutions for agility, dynamic response and value", stated Sanjay Katyal, vice president, Global Alliances and OEMs, VMware. "Today's announcements by Dell demonstrate how we're partnering together to build mature, tightly integrated joint solutions to help customers reach their full potential."