Dell announced several partnerships last week during its Dell World IT Conference in Austin, of which five of the most notable collaborations include Red Hat, Microsoft, CenturyLink Google and Dropbox. Most of these partnerships are part of the Dell Cloud Partner Program.
Red Hat with OpenStack:
Red Hat, best known for Red Hat Linux and open source technology, and Dell have been collaborating on Red Hat solutions for over 14 years. Red Hat is a major contributor to OpenStack, the open sourced application used to build large scalable clouds.
Dell is now the first company selected as an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) for the Red Hat Linux OpenStack Platform and both companies will work together to engineer and deploy private cloud solutions based on OpenStack. Dell has also become an Alliance Partner of Red Hat's OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network that Red Hat launched in April of this year. Additionally, Dell will become a code contributor to the OpenStack project.
No specific date has been set to see any particular solutions come out of this newly formed Dell and Red Hat alliance although the expectation would be sometime in 2014.
Microsoft and Windows Azure:
Dell will offer Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform through Dell's Cloud Partner Program and will act as a single source vendor for system integration and support for the private or public cloud deployment. The scalable Windows Azure cloud platform is built on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2. Dell Cloud Manager, Dell's cloud infrastructure management application for deploying and managing public, private, and hybrid clouds, has added support for Windows Azure Compute to the currently supported Windows Azure Storage application.
Dell and CenturyLink Cloud are offering a complete cloud package of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and cloud management with Dell acting as the single-source supplier. CenturyLink, a multinational communications provider acquired Savvis, a cloud infrastructure and managed hosting provider in 2011, and acquired Tier 3, an IaaS provider in November 2013. CenturyLink Cloud is the global product offering created from the combination of these acquisitions. Access to the CenturyLink Cloud public cloud services through Dell's Cloud Partner Program is available now.
Dell will be offering Googles Cloud Platform to developers and businesses through Dell's Cloud Partner Program. Google recently announced its Infrastructure as a Service offering for Compute and its Persistent Storage upgrade. Dell, acting as a single source vendor, would help customers integrate Google's Cloud platform into their business. The collaboration begins in 2014.
Dell and Dropbox are entering into a strategic partnership through which Dell will offer Dropbox for Business through its sales organization. This version of Dropbox for Business will use Dell's data protection and encryption cloud offering. Expect Dell's sales group to offer Dropbox along with most new Dell products.
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