Achieving Multi-Cloud Flexibility


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The definition and the usage of the term cloud has been hotly debated for the past decade, changing significantly over the years from access to computing resources over the internet to now reflecting an operating model designed to help IT. One that is agile and delivers IT as a service, while reducing costs through efficiencies, and managing risk, regardless of locality. And now, one that can consistently manage cloud operations from on premises to cloud instances off premises in multiple public clouds – out to the edge – all from a single location.

According to IDC, the largest data center challenge companies currently face is developing a multi-cloud strategy with more than 70 percent of companies using more than one type of cloud environment. Companies are running multiple cloud environments to optimize application and data performance in the context of a much larger IT ecosystem, which introduces another set of challenges with inconsistent operations and management across on and off-premises clouds.

Enter Dell Technologies, the operational hub of the hybrid multi-cloud future…TODAY…delivered through best-in-class software, infrastructure, services and solutions – including the acquisition and consumption of cloud that enables flexibility in planning the right mix of public, private, hybrid clouds customers need now and in the future. We’re helping companies manage the totality of their hybrid multi-cloud assets from a single operational hub hosted on our multi-cloud platform, which seamlessly combines Dell EMC infrastructure and VMware software that includes support of multiple public clouds, private cloud and traditional on-premises infrastructure. Dell’s broad array of consultative and implementation services and solutions complement this core cloud operating environment with security solutions and services, data management and protection solutions.

Our approach places our customers at the center of their cloud operations, offering consistency of operations and singular management across bare metal on-premises IT to multiple cloud instances. You may be asking how we do this today. First, it’s the result of the Dell Technologies family of businesses innovating to deliver solutions that help customers with their digital transformations. For example, there’s VMware, the core operational platform that centralizes management and orchestration software to define and bind together the hybrid multi-cloud environment across server, storage and network. This becomes the foundation for solutions including VxRail and VxBlock that can be combined with solutions like VMC on AWS and the broader VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP) ecosystem. Pivotal builds and manages cloud-native applications. And Boomi provides a data integration platform as a service offering programmable information mobility and transformation across a multi-hybrid cloud environment supporting hundreds of cloud-based and on premises applications and platforms.

Put all of this together with Dell EMC’s world-class infrastructure, within the Dell EMC Cloud Marketplace, with the best performance and tightest integration for VMware environments along with partners like AWS, Azure, Google and Virtustream on this multi-cloud journey. It’s the platform of choice for customers looking to solve their cloud operational challenges.

Bottom line, customers tell us they want control of their IT closer to “home.” This validates our point of view that customers’ cloud strategies should pull data and applications out of silos, to enable a hybrid, multi-cloud environment that speeds decision-making. Dell Technologies is uniquely positioned to help customers solve their data challenges and be in a position to take advantage of the intelligent world we’re moving toward.

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Cloud usage in the enterprise continues to grow rapidly, and with good reason—cloud operating models increase agility, accelerate innovation and help create a competitive edge in today’s world. As the number of cloud solutions has grown, organizations have found it easier to increasingly deploy workloads across multiple clouds. In fact, 93% of organizations are deploying workloads across two or more clouds.[1] Although usage across multiple clouds provides flexibility, it also creates operational silos due to differences in the underlying infrastructure, management tools and APIs. This leads to organizational complexity, which paradoxically reduces agility—one of the main reasons why organizations adopt cloud solutions in the first place!

We believe organizations should have the flexibility to choose whichever cloud environment is best for their workloads and data—without the byproduct of additional complexity. To help organizations address this complexity, we unveiled Dell Technologies Cloud today at Dell Technologies World. Dell Technologies Cloud consists of joint solutions from VMware and Dell EMC that remove cloud complexity by providing a consistent cloud operating model across public cloud, private cloud and edge locations.

Who says it must be out with the old to be in with the new?

There have been massive changes in IT from both a development and operations perspective since cloud computing became popular. Vendors sometimes portray these new models as a panacea for existing IT concerns, yet they are often incongruent with the applications, skillsets, and operational models established over many years in organizations.

Because more workloads are virtualized on VMware than any other hypervisor, organizations deploying Dell Technologies Cloud solutions can apply cloud benefits to their traditional workloads without being forced to refactor first. For instance, with VMware Cloud Foundation, VMs and containers can be moved effortlessly from on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS without the need for expensive re-platforming. This is just one of the ways organizations can achieve the scale, coverage, speed, and cost structures they want in the public cloud faster with Dell Technologies Cloud. They can also achieve the same benefits in their data center, thanks to the automation capabilities of VMware Cloud Foundation and the tight HW/SW integration between VMware and Dell EMC.

A better cloud, with options

Dell Technologies Cloud can be consumed as Platforms or as a fully managed Data Center-as-a-Service (DCaaS) offering:

Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms: With Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms, customers have the flexibility to tailor their cloud infrastructure to their specific workload needs. These are built using tight integration between VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) and a variety of Dell EMC infrastructure – hyperconverged (VxRail) and converged infrastructure, as well as Dell Technologies validated storage, compute, and networking platforms. VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRaildelivers full stack integration, where both the physical infrastructure and VMware cloud software stack are managed as one complete on-premises hybrid cloud experience. Not only does this Dell EMC and VMware jointly engineered integration greatly reduce risk and increase IT efficiency, it also simplifies, streamlines, and automates the operations of the entire SDDC because it creates a single unified experience.

Additionally, with VMware Cloud on AWS available as an add-on to the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, organizations can also extend their on-premises cloud environment seamlessly into the public cloud, without having to refactor workloads for migration. The consistent operating experience across public and private clouds reduces complexity. In fact, IDC found that Dell Technologies Cloud reduces total cost of ownership by up to 47% compared to native public cloud.

Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service: VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is cloud infrastructure installed on-premises in your core and edge data centers and consumed as a cloud service.  This new, fully-managed DCaaS offering combines the speed and flexibility of the public cloud with the security and control of on-premises infrastructure.  Additionally, the familiarity of VMware Cloud tools on trusted Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure provides peace of mind through a best-of-breed enterprise solution.

VMware Cloud on Dell EMC delivers cloud-like simplicity to your data centers and unparalleled consistency between your public cloud and on-premises environments. This new construct empowers your entire organization to focus on business innovation and differentiation.  For instance:

  • IT Operations can offload maintenance and refocus on value-added services;
  • IT Architects can utilize VMware’s hybrid cloud control plane to simplify workload management;
  • IT Security can uniformly apply security policies, eliminating the need to track and secure workloads that span multiple environments;
  • Developers can accelerate application development by building for just one environment; and
  • IT decision makers can negotiate one contract with one vendor for all core and edge data center needs.

In short, the Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service lays the foundation for savvy CIOs/CTOs to move their organization one step closer to IT-as-a-Service, delivering on the promise of utilizing technology to drive business strategy.

Services to eliminate cloud friction

As part of Dell Technologies Cloud, organizations can take advantage of professional services, support and financial services to help remove barriers to cloud adoption. From helping you determine where your workloads are best placed, to ensuring service levels are delivered, our cloud experts can reduce risk along your cloud journey. Meanwhile, Dell Financial Services makes it possible to achieve cloud economics in your own data center with flexible consumption models.

Cloud without chaos

With Dell Technologies Cloud, it’s possible to bring the best of public cloud to your data center, transfer your best practices for management and security to all your clouds and easily extend the best of both to your edge locations. Welcome to a better cloud.

For more information on this announcement, please see the below materials

Dell Technologies Cloud Press Release

Dell Technologies Cloud website

[1] IDC White Paper, sponsored by Cisco, Adopting Multicloud — A Fact-Based Blueprint for Reducing Enterprise Business Risks, June 2018.

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