VMware Cloud on Dell EMC and Dell Technologies' Cloud Platforms
Making a bold claim in the hybrid and private cloud space, Dell has now launched Dell Technologies Cloud.
The new portfolio consists of two parts: Dell Technology Cloud Platforms and datacentre as-a-service offering VMware Cloud on Dell EMC.
The former is an "operational hub for hybrid cloud environments", according to Dell, while the latter runs VMware technology on Dell EMC's VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure. VMware on Dell EMC aims to provide a public cloud delivery model and economics for on-premise infrastructure, claims Dell.
"VMware Cloud on Dell EMC will deliver that cloud experience to organisations that need to maintain data and applications on-premise - completely transforming how they acquire, deploy and manage infrastructure. The service will provide consistent infrastructure and operations across cloud, datacentre and edge, freeing organisations to drive innovation and deliver business value while VMware operates the entire infrastructure end to end," said Mark Lohmeyer, SVP of Dell's Cloud Platform Business Unit.
Dell Technology Cloud Platforms is already available, while VMware Cloud on Dell EMC with VxRail is currently only available in beta deployments, with limited customer availability coming in the second half of this year.
Dell claims that its Cloud Platforms arm offers the "industry's first" jointly engineered hybrid cloud infrastructure stack to come with an integrated VMware HCI architecture.
VMware comes to Azure
Satya Nadella made a surprise appearance at Dell Technologies World 2019, joining Michael Dell and VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger on stage to announce a new tie-up between VMware and Microsoft Azure.
VMware's integrated software stack, called Cloud Foundation, will run on Microsoft Azure as a fully native and supported solution.
Unlike VMware's partnership with Amazon, called VMware on AWS, the Azure/VMware service will be wholly managed by Microsoft instead of VMware.
Speaking on stage, Nadella said: "I am really thrilled and pleased to announce the availability of Azure VMware solutions which brings all the VMware capabilities natively to Azure and to Azure customers, so that every customer has that infrastructure - the best of VMware as well as the best of Azure."
Dell launches 10th Generation of the Latitude laptop
Dell launched the Latitude 7000, 5000 and 3000 series laptops during the conference. The range promises to be "sleeker, more compact and easier to carry" than its predecessors.
Available as of 10 May from Dell, the range sells for as little as $599 for the Latitude 3000 and as much as $1,299 for the Latitude 7000, the latter of which claims to be the world's smallest premium business-class notebook on the market.
The 10th Generation range comes with 32GB memory and up to 20 hours of run time on certain configurations.
Dell Technologies Digital Workspace
Another announcement involving VMware, Dell's Digital Workspace is an integrated solution that brings together VMware's Workspace ONE device management, Dell devices and Secureworks managed security.
Dell provisioning for VMware Workspace was already announced at VMworld in 2018, but now Dell is offering visibility through data-driven insights to assess battery consumption, storage utilisation and the user's most frequently used applications.
New storage and data management products
The Texas-based firm announced the upcoming launch of Dell EMC's Unity XT Series arrays, set for general release this July. The mid-range storage system claims to be two times faster than its predecessor and 67 per cent faster than its closest competitor.
Rebranded Dell EMC PowerSwitch portfolio
The firm's open networking switch portfolio has been rebranded as Dell EMC PowerSwitch, and its S5200-ON product will now support "more performance-intensive and mission-critical HCI deployments". The model is available now, and promises to deliver two and a half times the performance of previous models.
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