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    [EN] Dell EMC preparing to launch "Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack"

    It’s all about standardizing on the Microsoft Azure ecosystem with its automated IT service delivery for both traditional and cloud-native applications.

    Chris Preimesberger
    May 04, 2017

    Dell EMC, in final prep to host 25,000 attendees at its annual conference in Las Vegas May 8 through 10, on May 4 let loose a fairly significant news story ahead of that event.

    The company, which launched its hybrid cloud on VxRail appliances on March 31, is in the final stages of another version of enterprise cloud,

    Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, which will be ready for prime time in the second half of 2017.

    This is a new hybrid cloud platform designed to offer a fast track for building and maintaining hybrid clouds that run on Microsoft Azure Stack. It’s all about standardizing on the Microsoft Azure ecosystem with its automated IT service delivery for both traditional and cloud-native applications.

    “This is a turnkey extension of our hybrid cloud platform, now based on the Azure stack,” Dell EMC Senior Vice-President Peter Cutts told eWEEK. “This is where we think the evolution of HC (converged infrastructure) and HCI (hyper-converged infrastructure) is going, by taking it up to include the cloud operating system and cloud operating models, all the way up to the user experience across the board. This could be a data scientist with a self-service portal, developers in the infrastructure, or delivering an application with data protection and allowing all the operations around that.

    'Cloud is an Operating Model, Not a Place'

    “Cloud is an operating model, not a place, and adopting a hybrid model has become the clear choice,” Cutts said.

    Dell, and now Dell EMC, have been developing these hybrid cloud development and app distribution platforms for three years. How, exactly, is “turnkey” defined in this solution?

    “This is really about bringing in an offering where within a few weeks, from floor tile to fully enabled, self-service portal, you have the ability to deliver applications or VMs as a service, or IaaS (infrastructure as a service), up to full operational capabilities,” Cutts said. “Turnkey for us means literally bringing that cloud experience to one of our customers--both on premises to allow them to become the broker, and to be able to present and consume services from public cloud at the same time.”

    Dell launched the industry’s first Microsoft-based hybrid cloud in October 2015. According to IDC, Dell EMC was No. 1 in the worldwide cloud infrastructure market in 2016 with $5.7 billion in revenue and 17.6 percent market share.

    The new offering complements turnkey platforms Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, introduced three years ago, and Dell EMC Native Hybrid Cloud that integrate hardware, software and automation.

    Interoperability with Pivotal Cloud Foundry

    Interoperability between public and private cloud resources has become a major requirement for many IT managers. The Azure Stack cloud offers a consistent experience across Azure public cloud and private with Azure Stack, Cutts said. It is engineered with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Dell EMC Networking. As a hybrid cloud platform, it is built, sustained and supported as a singular platform with a turnkey stack.

    This consistent programming surface between Azure and Azure Stack enables cost-effective access and sharing of traditional and cloud-native application services without sacrificing security, protection, service quality and availability, Cutts said.

    Users of Pivotal Cloud Foundry on Azure can extend their environments to Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, to produce hybrid models with consistent services, APIs and consumption models for on- and off-premises.

    http://www.eweek.com/cloud/dell-emc-...ft-azure-stack

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    Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack




    John Barnhart
    May 4, 2017

    Adopting a hybrid cloud strategy as a means to achieving digital transformation can be a very difficult endeavor, often IT and the organization they support have processes, procedures, personnel and tools that are not aligned for optimal cloud brokerage and consumption.

    The most common hurdles to overcome are complexity of disaggregate apps and tools, legacy IT vs cloud competency, confidence that anytime, anywhere, always-on availability is achievable and that the cost of acquisition is affordable.

    Enterprise IT organizations are expected to deliver a consistent end-user experience but most public and private cloud implementations are not reflective of one another making all phases of the life-cycle; acquisition, deployment, operation, maintenance more of a kludge, than a repeatable, predictable, positive experience.

    Today we announced the new Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, a platform specifically intended to mitigate the risks associated with hybrid cloud adoption so customers can realize their vision for hybrid cloud success and digital transformation.

    The platform is quite an achievement, as it takes what would normally be a very complicated planning, design, acquisition and deployment experience and makes it genuinely simple by providing a turn-key, IaaS ready platform the day of deployment with PaaS capabilities in its future as development continues.

    The platform is built on a proven hyper-converged foundation using the Dell PowerEdge R730XD and PowerConnect switches as a backbone but more importantly the platform has many years of customer inspired design, engineering, testing and update process rigor behind it. Our history of partnership with Microsoft when it comes to cloud and advanced virtualization solutions is extensive and unique. Dell EMC is the only Microsoft Azure Stack partner to collaboratively engineer cloud solutions: CPS-Premium Private Cloud, Private Cloud for Microsoft Fast Track, Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft CPS-Standard, Ready-nodes and now Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack.

    With Microsoft Azure Stack the APIs, tools, apps and services that are behind the firewall are consistent with, reflective of, and interact seamlessly with the customer’s Azure public cloud experience. This means that the customer cloud journey no longer needs to end in disappointment due to unforeseen deployment and life-cycle operation complexity, or project cost over-runs. The Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack delivers on the promise of a predictable, repeatable, Azure consistent experience whether accessing and writing to Azure public resources or those behind the datacenter firewall.

    For Microsoft Azure customers who want to begin their hybrid cloud journey today using Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack the place to start is with the “single-node” PowerEdge R630 for development and testing. Dell EMC began making it available in March and will continue to support it over the life of the platform. Customers can use “single-node” to test and develop on generally available software, and gain insight into the administration and tenant experience. They can also explore what DevOps and infrastructure-as-code may mean to them as they discover how Azure Resource Manager templates work. Developers can play with PowerShell and Visual studio on validated hardware without disrupting production environments, and at minimal acquisition cost. Customers can download the TP3 software from Microsoft from Microsoft’s website here and find instructions here.

    With the Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack there is no need to learn new tools to support new services implementations or to administrate, automate, and orchestrate lifecycle maintenance and operations tasks. Once a customer understands how to use the tools within Azure public cloud, they know how to use Azure Stack. Dell EMC provides add-on services for application backup, recovery, archiving and security, and enterprise level single-contact support.

    No more kludge, no more complexity.

    http://cloudchatsblog.emc.com/2017/0...cloud-success/

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    The 4-node system will list at $300,000

    New Hybrid Cloud Offering From Dell Integrates With Azure Stack

    Jeffrey Schwartz
    05/04/2017

    Today, Dell EMC announced a new hybrid cloud solution that allows business to take advantage of its servers and software in combination with the Microsoft Azure Stack.

    Called the Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, if offers "… a turn-key, IaaS ready platform the day of deployment with PaaS capabilities in its future as development continues," Dell EMC stated in a press release.

    The timing of the announcement coincides with a milestone for Microsoft: today also marks the two-year anniversary of Microsoft's first Ignite conference in Chicago, where the company revealed plans to offer Azure Stack. While the company's vision for Azure Stack changed last year after the release of the first technical preview, Microsoft has signaled it will appear in the latter half of this year; and there are now signs it will soon see the light of day.

    Dell EMC offered a key indicator today that Microsoft is on track, with the introduction of a single-node server for developers and a 4-node converged system aimed at dev and test, both of which will appear when Microsoft officially releases the software later this year.

    Dell EMC is one of the infrastructure providers that Microsoft has engineering and co-development pacts with to offer Azure Stack-certified systems. In addition to Dell EMC, Microsoft is working with Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Lenovo, which have all indicated they'll have Azure Stack-based systems.

    Following an interview with Dell EMC officials, it's clear that the company is taking a different approach to its Azure Stack systems than the Cloud Platform System (CPS) running Windows Azure Pack (WAP). The CPS was introduced by Dell prior to its merger with EMC. Now that the two companies are combined, EMC's influence on the Azure Stack platform is apparent. Today's announcement comes in advance of its Dell EMC World gathering, which will take place next week in Las Vegas, where officials plan to emphasize hybrid cloud.

    Since the completion of the Dell-EMC merger last summer, server, network and storage infrastructure product groups have consolidated with EMC's headquarters in Hopkinton, Mass. The development of its Azure Stack appliances are now based on EMC's approach to hybrid could hardware, said Kevin Gray, Dell EMC's director of product marketing for hybrid cloud platforms.

    "Our first enterprise hybrid cloud was based on the VMware vRealize Suite and all their software defined datacenter components and the virtualization," Gray said. "We build integrations to IaaS layer, things like backup and encryption as a service and we're extending that approach and model to Azure Stack. We are leveraging the partners we've had with Microsoft and the expertise we both have with hybrid cloud."

    In addition to its vRealize-based offering, Dell EMC offers its Pivotal Cloud Foundry native hybrid cloud platform, which Gray said focused on enterprises and partners building cloud-native analytics modules. "We are moving this model to Azure Stack," he said.

    Gray said the company isn't revealing specs at this time, but added that the entry-level system is 1-node and doesn't come with the entire infrastructure and tooling for deployments, since it's only intended for skilled developers. It will carry a list price of $20,0000. The 4-node system will list at $300,000, but Gray declined to share anticipated street prices. The company also isn't offering details on hardware specs.

    Gray explained that Dell EMC believes it will have a differentiated offering with its Azure Stack Platform is via its backup as a service offering, which is based on Dell EMC Networker and Data Domain storage. "We back up not just the data produced by the applications; we actually protect that underlying infrastructure of the Azure environment," he said. "So, all of the bits that are created and the IaaS and PaaS layer are protected, as well as the underlying infrastructure, making sure we back up the full environment."

    Dell EMC's Azure Stack Platform will also offer the company's CloudLink SecureVM encryption offering. This secure VM tool is available in the Azure catalog, and enables encryption of virtual machines. This means they're portable and remain secure as they move between hosts. "That really ensures that workloads remain secure, wherever they are running in the datacenter, whether it's in public cloud or if it's the on-premises instance of Azure Stack," Gray said.

    While Gray emphasized the 4-node system will be targeted for development as well, he indicated deployment-based systems will also arrive by launch time. Dell EMC will offer complete systems integration services directly and through its own channel partners, as well as Microsoft's. The company will reveal more information on its channel distribution plans in the second half of the year, Gray said.

    "We are still working through our approach for channel partners," Gray said. "In fact, we expect the channel to play a big role in the sale of these systems, given the strength of the Microsoft partner ecosystem."

    https://virtualizationreview.com/art...form=hootsuite

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