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Dell expands cloud offering to Canada and Europe
Posted on 13-Jun-2012 09:37 | Tags Filed under: News

To make it easy for customers to test and adopt secure, enterprise-class hybrid cloud solutions, Dell is expanding availability of its Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services into Canada and Europe, and offering an introductory trial offer. The offer, which is currently available in the U.S. and Canada for US$999, provides organizations of all sizes and industries an easy way to experience Dell’s hybrid and public cloud offerings, including full security, support and deployment from Dell Services.

While public clouds can offer on-demand computing capacity, more agility and lower entry-level costs than private clouds, some organizations may be hesitant to move to a public cloud due to concerns about security. A recent study by Dell, Intel and TechTarget found that adoption of hybrid and private clouds is outpacing public cloud adoption. Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services addresses security concerns by offering some of the industry’s most robust security services, including active monitoring from SecureWorks, data encryption services from Trend Micro, and multiple layers of virtual and physical security in Dell data centers. All of these are now included in the current trial offer.

Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service is enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosted in a secure Dell data center. It can provide the software, hardware and services to become an extension of a company’s data center environment, allowing VMware customers to transition existing VMware virtualized workloads to the cloud and manage them using their existing VMware cloud infrastructure. In addition, it is built using a common management platform based on open, industry cloud standards. The use of the same VMware cloud infrastructure for connectivity across private and public cloud creates a compatible “virtual datacenter,” enabling application portability across clouds.

“I don’t want to be in the data center business. I want to leverage a service provider like Dell to help me easily scale my business. The Dell Cloud enables us to offer our customers top-notch services, and if issues should arise, Dell will handle them quickly knowing that we cannot afford downtime,” Oz Yosef, CEO, Gratifón S.A., a telecommunications company in Panama. “It was easy to set up my applications in the Dell Cloud, I was up and running in less than a day. If any questions came up, the Dell Services people just walked me through them. It was very easy and user friendly. I didn’t feel like I was taking this on by myself.”

Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service is backed by Dell ProSupportTM, which provides 24x7x365 expert phone support to help customers minimize downtime or interruption.

With the Dell Cloud, pooling of servers, networks and storage can increase agility, thus helping to reduce the time and budget needed to stand up and maintain traditional physical environments. On-demand capacity allows customers to quickly respond to new business opportunities, seasonal or cyclical trends, and other fluctuations that affect the need for capacity.

“Our goal is to help make the journey to the cloud easy, secure and accessible for customers of all sizes,” said Ricky Santos, vice president, cloud solutions for Dell. “The Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service gives customers control and flexibility to manage and extend IT resources for private, public or hybrid cloud without having to retrain IT staff. Our Dell Services experts can help guide them as they experiment and implement a solution that fits within their IT environments.”

Dell believes that cloud isn’t a technology, it’s a corporate strategy — and that true business agility comes from an integrated, hybrid approach that links applications, data and infrastructure seamlessly wherever they are. Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services is one part of Dell’s secure enterprise-class cloud portfolio focused on delivering real business value. Dell’s pragmatic approach helps customers leverage their current IT investments to build and operate an on-premise private cloud infrastructure, and access secure multi-tenant or community clouds.

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