Posted by Felipe Payet, Sr.
Strategic Alliance Manager,
Our partnership with Dell continues to be one of our strongest and longest standing strategic alliances, but things are really heating up now.
On October 28, Dell launched the Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service. This new VMware-based Public Cloud service, first announced at VMworld 2011, lets our joint Dell/VMware customers move workloads to a Dell-managed, enterprise-class Public Cloud, built on VMware’s vCloud Datacenter platform. This allows customers to address spikes in workload demand, gain operational flexibility, lower infrastructure cost, improve availability, and address disaster recovery needs.
But the Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service is only part of the story… The tip of the iceberg, if you will. The Dell Cloud, combined with on-premise VMware-based infrastructure solutions from Dell like vStart, together enable a unique, VMware-based full hybrid cloud portfolio for our joint customers.
vStart, the Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service, and the Hybrid Cloud
Let’s dive a little deeper into vStart: Dell’s VMware-based vStart solution stacks, a series of VMware-based, factory pre-configured and pre-racked private cloud building blocks, aimed at SMB to mid-market customers who are looking for a simpler path to virtualization. vStart stacks arrive on-site at a customer’s datacenter pre-racked and cabled, and are offered with Dell deployment services to quickly get the stacks up and hosting workloads. vStart solutions also deliver tight integration between VMware and Dell to simplify management of both virtual and physical infrastructure from a single pane of glass, through powerful plug-ins like the Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter, which delivers deep PowerEdge server monitoring and management capabilities from within vCenter Server. Look for more on this integration and Dell’s management plug-ins for vCenter in another blog post soon.
The final piece of the VMware/Dell Hybrid Cloud puzzle is VMware’s vCloud Connector, which enables customers to easily migrate their workloads from their on-premise vSphere infrastructure deployments (like vStart) to the Dell Public Cloud service, enabling a full hybrid cloud offering: on-premise virtualization solutions AND an off-premise public cloud service, all based on VMware, and all from a single source, Dell. We’re excited to be part of the partnership that brought this unique full Hybrid Cloud solution and service portfolio offering to our joint customers.
A Few Parting Thoughts
On October 13 and 14, VMware was a Gold Sponsor of Dell’s inaugural Dell World customer event, where our CEO Paul Maritz was featured as a keynote speaker. Dell World gave us an opportunity to showcase many of the Dell/VMware joint offerings available to our customers, and share VMware’s vision of the journey to the Cloud.
At Dell World, VMware worked with Dell to stand up a vSphere/vCloud Director based infrastructure which hosted the vast majority of all the partner demos delivered within Dell’s Solution Showcase. So in essence, Dell World ran on a VMware Private Cloud! We’re proud to have been able to work with Dell to provide the infrastructure that ran this successful inaugural event.
Please watch this video to hear more about VMware’s presence at Dell World, as well as our joint Dell/VMware solutions, and VMware vision:
Visit this blog again soon to hear about other compelling Dell/VMware solutions, including End User Computing offerings like the recently VMware Ready certified Dell Mobile Clinical Computing solution for healthcare and Virtual Labs offering for education.
VMware and Dell are working together to help our joint customers on their journey to the cloud, and we look forward to taking you along on that journey as well.