AUSTIN: DELL HAS TEAMED UP with Microsoft to expand its cloud service with a new hybrid cloud offering based on Azure.
Featuring technology jointly developed by the two companies, Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft was announced by the two firms' CEOs, Michael Dell and Satya Nadella, on stage at Dell World 2015 in Texas on Wednesday.
The offering has been designed to break down the barriers of a path to the cloud, and is built around the new Microsoft Cloud Platform System Standard.
Touted as "the industry's first integrated, modular hybrid cloud solution", this new converged system combines servers, storage and software in an integrated box and is claimed to connect easily to Microsoft's Azure cloud services, breaking through the hybrid cloud adoption barriers of complexity, cost and control.
"It brings simplified, automated deployment and maintenance capabilities, a unique payment solution to reduce customer investment risk, and unparalleled hybrid cloud governance, control and policy-based automation for Microsoft Azure and other cloud environments," Dell said.
The new hybrid cloud service is also said to provide customers with three main benefits: on-premise private clouds with consistent Azure public cloud access; the ability to build and provision workload templates via out-of-the-box integration with Dell Cloud Manager; and unified, simplified private-with-public cloud management across Windows Azure Pack.
The CEOs agreed on stage that their hybrid cloud plans will make up a large portion of IT for a long time to come.
As part of the announcement, Dell has also joined Microsoft's Cloud Solution Provider Programme, meaning it can act as a reseller of Azure services, the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite and Office 365.
Dell and Microsoft's cloud announcement was followed shortly by Michael Dell taking a sly dig at Nadella, saying that prices of its hardware, such as the Surface, are "pretty high".
The dig came after the pair were asked whether they are friends or ‘frenemies' with the arrival of the Surface, which could be seen as stealing Dell's thunder as a PC maker.
Michael Dell responded: "We're absolutely friends," but then went on to say that customer needs drive the alliances that he and his company make in the industry, and that customers want Microsoft.
"But the volumes are not very high, and the prices are pretty high," Dell added, sarcastically. µ
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