By Varun Chhabra - Senior Director, Product Marketing at Dell EMC
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, organisations have found it easier to increasingly deploy workloads across multiple clouds. In fact, 93 per cent of organisations are deploying workloads across two or more clouds. 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 organisational complexity, which paradoxically reduces agility- one of the main reasons why organisations adopt cloud solutions in the first place!
We believe organisations should have the flexibility to choose whichever cloud environment is best for their workloads and data - without the byproduct of additional complexity. To help organisations 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 organisations.
Because more workloads are virtualised on VMware than any other hypervisor, organisations 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 organisations 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 centre, 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 VxRail delivers 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, organisations 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 per cent 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 centres 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 centres and unparalleled consistency between your public cloud and on-premises environments. This new construct empowers your entire organisation to focus on business innovation and differentiation. For instance:
- IT Operations can offload maintenance and refocus on value-added services;
- IT Architects can utilise 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 centre needs.
- In short, the Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service lays the foundation for savvy CIOs/CTOs to move their organisation one step closer to IT-as-a-Service, delivering on the promise of utilising technology to drive business strategy.
Services to eliminate cloud friction
As part of Dell Technologies Cloud, organisations 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 centre with flexible consumption models.
Cloud without chaos
With Dell Technologies Cloud, it’s possible to bring the best of public cloud to your data centre, 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
 IDC White Paper, sponsored by Cisco, Adopting Multicloud — A Fact-Based Blueprint for Reducing Enterprise Business Risks, June 2018.