Dell EMC and VMware Announce Joint Development to Offer Best in Class Data Protection Solutions built on PowerProtect

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The cloud is changing the data protection landscape and organizations’ IT environments are becoming increasingly hybridized. According to IDC, more than 70% of companies are using multiple cloud environments. In this increasingly diverse IT world, organizations are looking to adopt a data protection strategy that maximizes their existing investments while giving them the flexibility, security, and control to transition from traditional environments to cloud environments built for a dynamic, digital future.

To embrace this, Dell EMC and VMware have joined forces to offer differentiated best in class data protection solutions for customers today and into the future. Today at VMworld, Dell and VMware announced a joint initiative surrounding Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Protection with protection solutions for VMware workloads at the edge, core and cloud. This commitment is also demonstrated by Dell Technologies announcing additions to its fully cloud-enabled Dell EMC Data Protection solutions portfolio that, together with VMware, enables organizations to protect their data as they transition to the cloud.

Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service Now Backed by Data Protection Solutions and Announcing a New Initiative for Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service

Introduced at Dell Technologies World in April, the Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service offering, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, brings the public cloud operating model to any data center, edge location, or leased co-location space. Now available to US customers, this is the first to market VMware “Project Dimension” solution in customer data centers. Dell EMC is also delivering a first to market data protection for VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, allowing organizations to benefit from the added support of key Dell EMC data protection solutions while leveraging Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service.

As further illustration of this commitment, Dell EMC and VMware have dedicated resources to further drive the development and delivery of Disaster Recovery as a Service for VMware workloads to bring customers greater choice in Disaster Recovery. Initially the companies will collaborate on a new DRaaS solution for VMware Cloud.

PowerProtect Software with Data Protection for Kubernetes

This week at VMworld, Dell EMC will provide an early look at how Dell EMC PowerProtect Software builds on top of project Velero to provide a data protection solution that enables application-consistent backups and restores and that is always available for Kubernetes workloads or disaster recovery environments. Our collaboration with VMware on project Velero demonstrates the data protection innovation driven by Dell EMC and VMware. Velero is an open source tool that can safely back up and restore, perform disaster recovery, and migrate Kubernetes cluster resources and persistent volumes. Dell EMC has joined VMware’s open source efforts to participate in the Velero community and contribute to Velero’s development. A seamless and successful transition from traditional infrastructure to a cloud native environment requires an approach that values contributing to and using open source software.

Dell EMC PowerProtect Software will be discussed during a session on Wednesday, Aug. 28, titled Tech Preview: PowerProtect for Kubernetes: Backup, Recovery & Peace of Mind for IT Ops & Developers. This session will discuss the challenges of modern data protection, specifically around Kubernetes, and how we will help customers transition from traditional, to cloud native infrastructure. This approach values innovation while giving organizations a data protection strategy with choice of consumption and one platform. Our session on Enterprise-Ready Kubernetes: The Path to Cloud Native will include a discussion and demonstration of intrinsic security, high-availability, multi-cloud flexibility, and data protection through the integration of VMware tools, Pivotal tools, and the Dell Technologies Cloud.

Backed by Dell Technologies, a unique family of businesses, Dell EMC and VMware provide the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future. To thrive in today’s increasingly complex IT world, organizations need to rethink their approach to workload protection and cloud environments. Together, Dell EMC and VMware deliver more choice, scalability, and value to organizations looking to deploy consistent hybrid cloud infrastructure with the backup and recovery solutions to ensure full data protection everywhere data lives.

Additional Resources:

Join one of our sessions – Search the VMworld Catalog

  • Data Protection for Service Providers for VCPP
    Colin Durocher – Monday, Aug. 26, 12:15 PM – 12:30 PM
  • Cloud without Chaos: Accelerate your Cloud Adoption with Dell Technologies
    Varun Chhabra – Monday, Aug. 26, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Data Protection Solutions for VMware vSAN
    Nestor Dutko, Max Fishman, & Robert Hammond, Monday, Aug. 26, 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
  • Take IT to the Track! Self-Driving Data Center, Seatbelts Required
    Aaron Chaisson & Brian Lewis – Tuesday, Aug. 27, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • VMware Cloud on Dell EMC: Technical Overview
    Eric Gray, Alex Zuo, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Enterprise-Ready Kubernetes: Path to Cloud-Native
    Chad Dunn & Bryan Hicks – Wednesday, Aug. 28, 09:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Tech Preview: PowerProtect for Kubernetes: Backup, Recovery & Peace of Mind for IT Ops & Developers
    Efri Nattel-Shay – Wednesday, Aug. 28, 12:15 PM – 12:30 PM
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Tomorrow brings an ever-evolving universe of threats, and the most effective endpoint security will adapt quickly to defend against the unknown. Dell Technologies’ continued investment in security innovation helps us stay ahead of others – but most importantly – makes our customers the most secure.

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