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Dell EMC unveils cloud platform for Microsoft Azure Stack

New turnkey platform designed to simplify cloud deployment and management

Dell EMC unveils cloud platform for Microsoft Azure Stack
Cloud is an operating model, not a place, and adopting a hybrid model has become the clear choice for many enterprises.

Dell EMC customers now have a clearer path to hybrid cloud, as the ICT giant announces its new Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack.

The new platform helps organisations standardising on the Microsoft Azure ecosystem to accelerate their digital transformation with automated IT service delivery for traditional and cloud-native applications. As a result, organisations can better engage with their customers, reduce time to market for new services, and free-up resources to focus on adding business value, the company says.

“Cloud is an operating model, not a place, and adopting a hybrid model has become the clear choice,” said Peter Cutts, senior vice president, Hybrid Cloud Platforms, Dell EMC. “Making hybrid cloud platforms simple and turnkey enables businesses to rapidly develop and deploy new applications, optimize resources, control costs and deliver the best possible customer experiences.”

The new Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack combines Dell EMC’s cloud infrastructure solutions with its long history of partnering with Microsoft, which includes shipping 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 for 2016 with $5.7 billion in revenue and 17.6% market share.

The new offering complements turnkey platforms Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, introduced more than three years ago, and Dell EMC Native Hybrid Cloud that integrate hardware, software and automation to simplify IT service delivery and reduce time to market for customers around the globe.

Interoperability between public and private cloud resources has quickly become a top requirement for many organisations’ IT infrastructures. The turnkey Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack delivers a consistent experience across Azure public cloud and private with Azure Stack. 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.

Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack offers a hybrid cloud that speeds application development and deployment by providing a consistent programming surface between Azure and Azure Stack. As a result, organisations can cost-effectively access, create and share traditional and cloud-native application services securely in Azure and Azure Stack to ensure business results, without sacrificing security, protection, service quality and availability.

Integrations with Dell EMC’s backup and encryption technologies provide a consistent means of protecting and securing data across customers’ Azure-based public and on premises cloud environments. Furthermore, the adoption of Pivotal Cloud Foundry on Azure will extend to Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, continuing to deliver the promise of hybrid models with consistent services, APIs and consumption models for on- and off-premises.

Drivers for hybrid cloud adoption

Meanwhile a new study has revealed that 79.7% of large organisations (with 1,000 or more employees) already have a hybrid cloud strategy.

This IDC Cloudview Survey, commissioned by Dell EMC finds that just over half of the respondents (51.4%) already use both public and private cloud infrastructure resources with an additional 29.2% expecting to in the next year.

The survey results, published in the IDC White Paper, The Power of Hybrid Cloud, also reveal that total cost of ownership is one of the top drivers of cloud adoption. Other criteria for future IT infrastructure decisions on workloads supported by cloud environments includes physical and data security (34%) and operation flexibility (33%) in addition to flexibility of economic models. This study underscores the value of turnkey hybrid cloud, which balances the pros and cons of different cloud deployment models.

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