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Dell Invests $1 Billion in Technology Solutions and Services to Help Customers Drive Business Results Today and in the Future

Dell today announced it is increasing its investments in new technology solutions and services that will help customers innovate and drive business results in the Virtual Era. In its current fiscal year, Dell will invest $1 billion (USD) to deliver leading solutions, services and cloud-based delivery options to help customers capture the benefits from new compute and information delivery advancements.  

“Technology advances, delivery methods and the move to disruptive IT models like cloud are changing the fundamental way businesses operate,” said Steve Schuckenbrock, President, Dell Services. “With this transformational shift, businesses are gaining benefits in terms of speed to market and organizational and compute flexibility. Dell is mobilizing to help customers capture these benefits and with today’s announcement is making the power of the cloud accessible to more organizations and users. Dell has made and will continue to make significant investments to deliver technology that helps customers thrive in the Virtual Era.”

“While there is no doubt that abstraction and consolidation are inevitable realities in the technology industry, the notion of a ‘single-vendor stack’ is unsustainable,” said Matt Eastwood, group vice president of IDC’s Enterprise Platform Group. “As companies move to next-generation architectures, customers will want to ensure that they can seamlessly integrate legacy systems and new technologies. Even greenfield operations will want to ensure that their infrastructure can handle heterogeneity since the technology of today will be the legacy of tomorrow.”

Global Data Centers Expand Cloud Computing Capabilities

Over the next 24 months, Dell will build multiple highly efficient data centers around the world to provide its customers access to public and private cloud technologies and its world-class IT outsourcing capabilities. Bringing together Dell’s technology and services prowess with state-of-the-art capabilities from its partners, these new data centers will allow customers to take advantage of Infrastructure- and Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service offerings as well as IT outsourcing. Dell’s customers will now be able to:

  • Take advantage of scalable and flexible resources to better support growth and control costs for efforts such as application development and testing or dynamic workloads like customer facing applications with Compute-as-a-Service.
  • Get access to needed storage for production environments, off-premise back up and disaster recovery with Storage-as-a-Service unlimited storage available for production environments, off-premise back up and disaster recovery with Storage-as-a-Service.
  • Centralize, secure and more easily manage user data while facilitating a more remote and mobile workforce through Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service.

New Solution Centers Provide Blueprints for the Future
Dell will open 12 Global Solution Centers this year and is planning 10 more over the next 18 months, to better bring open, capable and affordable solutions to organizations around the world. This global network of solution centers will provide a backdrop for customers to learn about Dell’s industry-focused solutions and domain expertise. At the Global Solution Centers, Dell experts work with customers to help them make better use of their technology budgets so they can invest less on managing their infrastructure and more on technology innovation to grow their business.

Through Proof of Concept testing to make sure the solution will work in the customers’ environment and Architectural Design Workshops based on the customers’ business needs, Global Solutions Centers give Dell’s customers and partners another resource to help solve data center challenges.

New Solutions for the Virtual Era
Dell today launched new Next Generation Data center, End-User Computing and Email Archiving solutions that enable efficiency and innovation from the core to the edge.

Next Generation Data Center Computing

  • Dell vStart —Dell is delivering a new faster path to build virtual infrastructures aimed at accelerating our customers’ journey to cloud computing. Dell vStart accelerates and simplifies virtualization adoption by providing an easy way to purchase a complete virtual infrastructure solution delivered ready to run physical and virtual workloads. With vStart an entire functioning virtual infrastructure solution is delivered ready to run up to 100 or 200 virtual machines from a single management environment - including Intel Xeon-based Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell EqualLogic storage, Dell PowerConnect switches, deployment services, hypervisors, and essential virtualization management extensions. The infrastructure is delivered pre-assembled to the customer’s site as a single unit, racked and cabled, and directly from the Dell factory. With included initial deployment services, vStart can help customers build out the infrastructure required to host virtual machines. Dell vStart currently supports VMware and support for other hypervisors is planned in the coming quarters.

  • Dell|Microsoft Management and Virtualization Solutions Partnership: Today Dell and Microsoft announced a three-year strategic initiative to help customers quickly deploy and manage virtualization and private cloud technologies. Management solutions will be based on Dell’s Virtual Integrated System, Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager and Microsoft System Center and will deliver improved integration across the physical, virtual and application layers. Virtualization solutions will be based on Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V, which delivers strong workload performance and can help lower total cost of ownership. Future jointly-engineered solutions based on Dell’s hardware and virtualization management technologies and Microsoft’s hypervisor and systems management technologies will simplify virtualization management, reduce costs and remove barriers to cloud adoption.

Dell offers a single management point for physical and virtual resources that speeds provisioning of heterogeneous hardware in a mixed environment.

Intelligent Data Management
Dell’s new Email and File Archive solution helps customers manage the information that is the lifeblood to their organizations. Dell’s end-to-end solution capabilities can help customers address storage optimization and compliance requirements, while alleviating burdens related to design, implementation, and ongoing management through:

  • Pre-configured reference architectures that ease solution design, while allowing for needed customization based on customer specific requirements.
  • All ongoing maintenance and support from a single point of contact, including hardware and software (ISVs included).
  • Storage platforms that support massive scalability and ease of use, to protect customer investments and enable them to keep up with rapid data growth.

Dell’s approach maintains customer choice with backup and archiving software providers (Symantec or CommVault), preferred consumption model (cloud or on-premise) and services needed.

End-User Solutions
Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DDVS) is a comprehensive solution portfolio that leverages pre-packaged services with configured and tested hardware and software to help organizations more quickly deploy desktop virtualization. DDVS addresses the design and implementation complexities associated with desktop virtualization and accelerates it so organizations can adapt to the changing dynamics of today’s more mobile and global workforce.

Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions enables customers to support virtually any end-user computing device, anytime, anywhere in a cost-effective, secure and predictable way. The offering helps customers meet business objectives by uniquely analyzing how end-user computing is delivered, thereby increasing business agility, enhancing end-user experience and productivity as well as reducing operational costs.

Solution Availability

  • The Dell vStart solution is available now in the US, with expected availability in EMEA in Q2. Initial EMEA availability will be in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain.
  • The Dell and Microsoft virtualization is currently available worldwide.
  • The Dell Email and File Archiving is available now in the US, with expected availability in UK, France, Germany, Netherlands in Q2.
  • Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions is available now in the U.S. with expected availability in other countries later this year.
Published Thursday, April 07, 2011 5:46 PM by David Marshall
openhosting - (Author's Link) - April 8, 2011 3:45 PM

I think we are going to see these larger dollar amounts spent on the cloud more often in the near future. As things grow online so do the resources available along with security behind them. The ability to reduce physical server machines is starting to become very appealing for larger enterprise organizations.

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