Called Dell Technologies Cloud, the new offering debuted at the 2019 Dell Technologies World user and partner conference, which is taking place this week in Las Vegas. Dell introduced a new cloud-based workspace solution at that show today as well.
An integrated combination of hardware, software, and services, Dell Technologies Cloud is built around two core components: Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms and an accompanying Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service offering.
The former is based on VMware’s Cloud Foundation hybrid cloud infrastructure and management solution and runs locally either on Dell’s VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure appliances or on conventional server, storage, and networking infrastructure. Users can integrate it as well with public clouds from Amazon Web Services or any of the more than 4,200 cloud partners in the VMware Service Provider Program. The total package is intended to serve as an operational hub for provisioning, governing, automating, and orchestrating physical and virtual workloads across multiple cloud infrastructures.
The new offering’s overarching mission is helping businesses with assets in multiple local and offsite clouds enjoy a more consistent, and therefore efficient, implementation and administration experience, according to Matt Baker, senior vice president of strategy and planning for Dell EMC, Dell’s backend infrastructure group. IDC research cited by Dell shows that more than 70 percent of companies use more than one cloud environment today. A separate study from VMware found that 83 percent of cloud adopters want consistent infrastructure and operations from the data center to the cloud.
“We believe that Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms really delivers on what our customers are looking for: a consistent operational environment that allows them to leverage the power of on-prem and off-prem investments to deliver a true hybrid cloud platform for the business,” Baker says.
Significantly, Baker adds, the new solution enables organizations to move workloads without modification among any of their onsite and offsite clouds. “A running VM or running container can be built and deployed seamlessly in any of those locations with no context switching,” he states.
Users can buy the new offering outright, rent it, or consume it as a service through Dell Financial Services.
The new Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service offering, which is also known as VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, combines VxRail hardware with associated software-defined data center technology that VMware introduced under the code name Project Dimension at last year’s U.S. VMworld conference in August. It’s designed to help organizations enjoy the same efficiencies and economics of a public cloud deployment on premises or at the edge of the network.
The solution is remotely managed on a heavily automated basis by Dell EMC, according to Kit Colbert, vice president and CTO for VMware’s cloud platform business unit. “Unlike a traditional managed service where you talk to humans [and] file tickets, this is a cloud service,” he says. “You’re requesting new hardware through it and we’re monitoring it and taking action on it.” The end result, he continues, is more time for pursuing strategic and differentiating IT projects.