Dell Invests $1 Billion in Big Cloud & Virtualization Plans

Sara Peters, Editor in Chief | 4/14/2011 | 8 comments

Sara Peters
Dell has announced it will invest $1 billion in a package of new enterprise solutions that promise to make your life significantly easier. There are a lot of things in the Dell press release that will whet CIOs' appetites, but there are two things I find most appetizing -- exciting advancements in virtualization solutions and a comprehensive system to help enterprises make a seriously speedy transition from a traditional IT infrastructure to a cutting-edge infrastructure.

The goal of Dell's billion-dollar initiative is to carry you from start to finish with a level of speed and ease that might seem unimaginable to any IT pro currently mired in the virtualization process.

Here's an analogy: You could buy all your favorite band's albums one at a time, or you could buy the box set. If each component of a virtual infrastructure is one album, Dell vStart is the box set. According to the press release:

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... The infrastructure is delivered pre-assembled to the customer’s site as a single unit, racked and cabled, and directly from the Dell factory.

vStart is part of a larger plan to significantly enhance Dell's presence in the cloud computing industry -- by increasing and diversifying the services it provides and by expanding internationally by creating new datacenters across the globe. And Dell is working fast, with plans to open 12 "Global Solution Centers" this year and another 10 over the next 18 months.

If you're in the US, you can take a closer look and see for yourself because Dell's vStart is now available. Dell plans to expand vStart into 10 countries in Europe soon, and it will move into the Middle East and Africa in the near future.

Dell has partnered with Microsoft, Citrix, VMWare, Symantec, and CommVault to help you with heterogeneous computing environments. To that end, part of Dell's partnership with Microsoft includes a management tool that "offers a single management point for physical and virtual resources." (Note, however, that this management tool can be used to manage mixed internal environments, but not external public cloud services.)

Dell's new Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DDVS) is another product that rolls a number of tools together into one, to make it quicker and easier to deploy desktop virtualization. Dell says that DDVS "enables customers to support virtually any end-user computing device." We're staying tuned for specific details about precisely which end-user devices will be supported. DDVS is available in the US now and will expand internationally this year.

Intelligent data management, storage-as-a-service, disaster recovery, and email archiving are also elements of Dell's new plan. Looks like a lot of good help for a lot of big problems. Take a look here for more information.

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Zaius   Dell Invests $1 Billion in Big Cloud & Virtualizaion Plans   5/1/2011 9:42:19 PM
Re: Positioning for the Future....


yes I'm also agree with you that cloud computing is definitely the wave of the future, but on the other hand as well as new scenes are glimpsed thanks to " the cloud ", also companies must be careful and not to trust blindly in all the possibilities that this "cloud" offers them.


It is necessary to have clear that not all the participants of this network will be able to guarantee the safety, genuineness or availability of the information. It is for this that the companies will have to centre his efforts in relying on technology that it should allow them to assure the access his users in time and forms of the information, as well as the tranquility of which this one neither will get lost will not even be a tragedy.


In conclusion, cloud computing it can give companies many benefits, but it is necessary to have care with regard to the safety of the information with the one that one works and to be protected well.
batye   Dell Invests $1 Billion in Big Cloud & Virtualizaion Plans   5/1/2011 3:59:47 PM
Re: Positioning for the Future....
agree, I think it very smart strategy to capture the market and become a leader
good investment on the part of Dell

PakMailFremont   Dell Invests $1 Billion in Big Cloud & Virtualizaion Plans   4/25/2011 10:03:12 PM
Re: Positioning for the Future....
I think it is REALLY smart that Dell has taken the leap and is investing in cloud computing - it is definitely the wave of the future.  Frankly, I am surprised that more companies have not invested in it sooner.  Perhaps Dell has simply got the ball rolling - the others will follow.
CurtisFranklin   Dell Invests $1 Billion in Big Cloud & Virtualizaion Plans   4/18/2011 4:04:44 PM
Re: Positioning for the Future....
Nice move Dell, not resting on your laurels and changing with the changing times !

I think Dell's positioning itself very well with this move. Apple is going for a more consumer-oriented play with their cloud initiative, Microsoft is introducing cloud apps as rapidly as it can, and the largest customers in the world (like the U.S. government) are pushing rapidly toward implementing cloud computing. I think that any IT company is going to ignore the cloud at their peril. Even if they aren't moving to a primarily cloud delivery system, they'll need to make sure their products work seamlessly with cloud environments or they'll find themselves left out of RFP bake-offs.
Taimoor Zubair   Dell Invests $1 Billion in Big Cloud & Virtualizaion Plans   4/17/2011 9:03:02 AM
Re: Very Impressive!!
I don't foresee much savings in cost with this, but I feel this would certainly make the management and operation of virtual servers much easier. I think a lot of companies will also come up with their own version of cloud management solutions following this.
KeyAtoll   Dell Invests $1 Billion in Big Cloud & Virtualizaion Plans   4/16/2011 11:07:15 PM
Very Impressive!!
@Sara, any idea on the pricing? I would guess it is less expensive than 100 servers. Do you know if the inability to manager external public cloud services is by design or is it just a limitation in version 1.0?

The cloud wars are really heating up, and I love it.  I liked Amazon cloud services, but this really raises the bar.  Another one I like is because they specialize in DotNetNuke.  I can envision many smaller companies being able to specialize with this infrastructure in place.

Michael Poltenovage

Technocrat   Dell Invests $1 Billion in Big Cloud & Virtualizaion Plans   4/15/2011 2:14:10 PM
Positioning for the Future....
@ Sara  I believe this is a smart move by Dell, there is no doubt this is the future of computing and if a major vendor like Dell invests in this area ( Cloud computing) then it will just be a matter of time before other major vendors ( HP ..etc al.) follow suit.  I feel Dell is right to think that if a major vendor can provide service from top to bottom then enterprises will be more inclined to move towards virtualization and Cloud based computing.

Nice move Dell, not resting on your laurels and changing with the changing times !

nimanthad   Dell Invests $1 Billion in Big Cloud & Virtualizaion Plans   4/15/2011 3:55:14 AM
Re: Dell Invests $1 Billion in Big Cloud & Virtualizaion Plans
Its always good to invest on future since Cloud is the future of IT. Many think its a failiue but all it needs is a big investor like Dell to get the momentum up. I'm pretty sue that with this boost cloud will be able to overcome its drawbacks and come out strong as expected. A big thank you for Dell !!!!!

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