Dell Delivers Cloud Strategy and Services With Microsoft Windows Azure Platform Appliance

Today at Microsoft’s
Worldwide Partner Conference, Dell and Microsoft
Corp. announced a strategic partnership in which Dell intends to use
the Windows Azure platform appliance, introduced
by Microsoft today, as a part of its Dell Services Cloud to develop
and deliver next-generation cloud services. The Windows Azure platform
appliance will allow Dell to deliver private and public cloud services
for Dell and its enterprise, public, small and medium-sized business
customers. Dell will also work with Microsoft to develop a Dell-powered Windows Azure platform
appliance for enterprise organizations to run in their data centers.

The News

  • Dell
    Services will begin implementing the limited production release of the
    Windows Azure platform appliance to host public and private clouds for
    its customers, leveraging its vertical industry expertise in providing
    options for the efficient delivery of flexible application hosting and
    IT operations. Dell Services will also provide advisory services,
    application migration, and integration and implementation services.
  • Dell
    will work with Microsoft to develop a Windows Azure platform appliance
    for large enterprise, public and hosting customers to deploy in their
    own data centers. The appliance will leverage infrastructure from Dell
    combined with the Windows Azure platform.

Cloud
Computing Responds to Changing Business Needs

Dell and
Microsoft understand cloud computing delivers significant efficiencies
in infrastructure costs and allows IT to be more responsive to business
needs. Recognizing that more organizations can benefit from the
flexibility and efficiency of the Windows Azure platform, Dell and
Microsoft have partnered to deliver an appliance to power a Dell
platform-as-a-service (Peas) Cloud.

Microsoft
announced today at its Worldwide Partner Conference here the limited
production release of the Windows Azure platform appliance, a turnkey
cloud platform for large service providers and enterprises to run in
their own data centers. Customers and initial partners like Dell using
the appliance in their data centers will have the scale-out application
platform and data center efficiency of Windows Azure and SQL Azure
offered by Microsoft today.

Dell
Data Center Solutions (DCS) has been working with Microsoft to
build out and power Windows Azure platform since its launch. Dell will
leverage the insight it has gained as a primary infrastructure partner
for the Windows Azure platform to ensure that the Dell-powered Windows
Azure platform appliance is optimized for power and space to save
ongoing operating costs, and performance of high-scale cloud services.

Dell
is a top provider of cloud computing infrastructure and its client
roster includes 20 of the top 25 most heavily trafficked Internet sites
and four of the top global search engines. Dell has been
custom-designing infrastructure solutions for the leading global cloud
service providers and hyperscale data center operators for the past
three years. Through this customer insight, Dell has developed deep
expertise about the specialized needs of organizations in hosting, HPC,
Web 2.0, gaming, social networking, energy, SaaS, plus public and
private cloud builders.

Cloud
Services Reduce Complexity and Increase Efficiency

With the
combined experience of Perot Systems and Dell, Dell Services delivers
vertically-focused cloud solutions, unencumbered by traditional
labor-intensive business models. Dell Services operates clouds today,
delivering managed and support software-as-a-service to more than 10,000
global customers. In addition, Dell has a comprehensive suite of
services designed to help customers take advantage of public and private
cloud models. The new Dell PaaS powered by the Windows Azure platform
appliance will allow Dell to offer customers an expanded suite of
services, including cloud-based hosting and transformational services to
help organizations move applications to the cloud.

Quotes

"Organizations
are looking for innovative ways to use IT to increase their
responsiveness to business needs and drive greater efficiency. With the
Microsoft partnership and the Windows Azure platform appliance, Dell is
expanding its cloud services capabilities to help customers reduce their
total costs and increase their ability to succeed. The addition of the
Dell-powered Windows Azure platform appliance marks an important
expansion of Dell’s leadership as a top provider of cloud computing
infrastructure." – Peter Altabef, president, Dell Services.

“Microsoft
and Dell have been building, implementing and operating massive cloud
operations for years. Now we are extending our longstanding partnership
to help usher in the new era of cloud computing, by giving customers and
partners the ability to deploy the Windows Azure platform in their own
datacenters.” – Bob Muglia, president, Microsoft Server and Tools
Business.

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