Dell Makes $1 Billion Investment in Cloud, Virtualization InfrastructureBy Channel Insider Staff | Posted 2011-04-08 Email Print
As it looks to become a contender in the cloud-computing arena, Dell is investing $1 billion in new data centers and solutions facilities.
Dell is investing $1 billion in its current fiscal year in new data centers, solution facilities and technologies designed to broaden its capabilities in such areas as cloud computing, virtualization and converged infrastructure.
Dell’s strategy, announced April 7, includes building 10 new data centers over the next two years—which will be spread out around the world—including the United States, Asia and Europe—that will be stocked with Dell equipment and help customers adopt and deploy desktop-virtualization and cloud-computing environments, either on their own premises or hosted by the OEM. Through the data center, Dell eventually will offer cloud services based on Microsoft’s Azure platform.
In addition, Dell officials plan to open 12 Global Solutions Centers this year, plus another 10 over the next 18 months, where customers will be able to learn about Dell offerings and work with Dell experts to figure out which technologies work best within their budgets.
As part of its aggressive cloud-computing/virtualization push, Dell also is rolling products and services designed to make it easier for businesses to adopt cloud-computing models. Key among those is vStart, a pre-assembled hardware and software package of Dell PowerEdge servers, EqualLogics storage and PowerConnect switches that can be delivered as a single unit and easily deployed with initial deployment services from Dell. Each vStart package will enable businesses to immediately run 100 or 200 virtual machines. Eventually, Dell will offer vStart packages that provide virtual-machine capabilities below 100 and above 200, according to Steve Schuckenbrock, president of Dell Services.
Dell’s vStart initially will support VMware virtualization technology, but over the next few quarters will expand the number of hypervisors it will offer.
"Customers are really now more interested in buying [virtual machines] than they are in buying physical hardware that they have to put together," Praveen Asthana, vice president of Dell’s Enterprise Solutions and Strategy unit, said during a press conference April 6. "Customers spend far too much time integrating and trying to optimize software for deploying virtual machines."
Dell’s announcements are part of a larger strategy to grow beyond its roots as a PC and server maker and become more of a solutions provider, with an emphasis in such areas as virtualization and cloud computing. Dell officials have been aggressive in buying companies that enable it to grow its capabilities rapidly, including several storage technology vendors and services firm Perot Systems.
For more, read the eWEEK article: Dell to Spend $1 Billion to Grow Cloud, Virtualization Capabilities.