Dell to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Cloud Computing Capabilities

Vendor plans to build new cloud computing data centers, open solution centers, unveils new solutions and services and three-year strategic alliance with Microsoft.

Dell Inc. said that it will invest some $1 billion in its current fiscal year into building new cloud computing data centers in multiple locations globally, construct 12 solutions centers this year and another 10 such facilities in the following 18 months, and launch new technology solutions and services to drive virtual computing business.

“Technology advances, delivery methods and the move to disruptive IT models like cloud are changing the fundamental way businesses operate,” said Steve Schuckenbrock, Dell Services president.

“With this transformational shift, businesses are gaining benefits in terms of speed to market and organizational and compute flexibility,” he said. “Dell is mobilizing to help customers capture these benefits and with today’s announcement is making the power of the cloud accessible to more organizations and users.”

Dell also disclosed a new, three-year strategic initiative with Microsoft Corp. aimed at help customers to deploy and manage virtualization and private cloud technologies.

The vendor said that over the next two years it will expand its cloud computing capabilities by building some 24 data centers globally to offer customers access to public and private cloud technologies, IT outsourcing, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service offerings.

Dell also said that it will open 12 Global Solution Centers this year and another 10 in the coming 18 months to educate customers about its solutions and domain expertise. The company said it will use the facilities to help customers spend less on infrastructure management and more on technology innovation to grow their businesses.

New virtual solutions

In addition to its cloud computing facility plans, Dell also added new solutions for the data center, end-user computing and email archiving.

The Dell vStart virtual infrastructure solution will run up to 200 virtual machines from one management environment, including its Xeon-based PowerEdge servers, EqualLogic storage, PowerConnect switches, deployment services, hypervisors and virtual management extensions.

Dell said that the infrastructure is delivered pre-assembled to the customer’s site as a single unit, racked and cabled, including initial deployment services.

With its new Microsoft partnership, Dell said that it will offer virtualization management solutions based on its Virtual Integrated System, Advanced Infrastructure Manager and Microsoft’s System Center. Virtualization solutions will be founded on Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V.

The companies said that future joint solutions based on Dell’s hardware and virtualization management solutions and Microsoft’s hypervisor and system management technologies will be geared toward simplifying virtualization management, lowering costs and easing barriers to cloud adoption.

In addition, Dell unveiled a new email and file archive solution to help customers manage information, and a desktop virtualization solution that leverages pre-packaged services with configured and tested hardware and software.

The vStart solution is available now in the U.S. and will be offered in EMEA in the second quarter. The Dell and Microsoft virtualization is currently available worldwide. Dell’s email and file archiving is available now in the U.S. and will be available in the U.K., France, Germany and the Netherlands in Q2. Dell’s desktop virtualization solution is offered now in the U.S. and will expanded to other geographies later in the year.

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