Dell said earlier this week that it will enable Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V as a viable hypervisor choice for the OpenStack cloud platform.
This will be the first instance of a leading technology vendor enabling Windows Server Hyper-V hypervisor on OpenStack for private clouds, the company said, providing customers with additional flexibility and choice to run OpenStack workloads within their existing Windows Server environments. Dell has been part of the OpenStack community since its announcement in 2010.
"Dell will enable key features of the Windows Server 2012 virtualization platform for OpenStack, including network virtualization, policy-based isolation, Quality of Service (QoS) and multi-tenancy," the company said. "Additionally, Dell is working with other OpenStack members for the optimization of OpenStack components including OpenStack Compute for Hyper-V, OpenStack Block Storage for Windows, and Dell Crowbar provisioning. Dell is targeting availability of initial functionality in an upcoming release of the OpenStack project."
This effort is in addition to Dell’s current support for native Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V. The company said it will also work with Microsoft to provide support to enable interoperability, and to have System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager -- federated with OpenStack Image Manager -- for providing full functionality.
"The concept of federating System Center Virtual Machine Manager with OpenStack Image Manager is to minimize synchronization issues to OpenStack customers running a hybrid environment with Integration to customers using Window Server 2012 Hyper-V in this environment," the company said.
Dell also announced earlier this week that it has launched the Dell Cloud Partner Program to deliver public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) through an ecosystem of partners. Dell will serve as a single-source supplier, providing customers with a choice of vendors and technology, freeing them from locking with a single platform or pricing model and a central point of solution integration and control. However with the launch of this partner program, Dell will be discontinuing its in-house multi-tenant public cloud IaaS here in the States.
Dell said its new Cloud Partner Program launches with three initial partners in North America: Joyent, ScaleMatrix and ZeroLag. These public cloud providers give customers a choice of platform and a range of geographical coverage, and customers can now purchase products from these three through their Dell sales representative. The program will eventually expand to new partners and beyond IaaS, depending on customer demand.
"Many Dell customers plan to expand their use of public cloud, but in order to truly reap the benefits, they want a choice of providers, flexibility and interoperability across platforms and models, the ability to compare cloud economics and workload performance, and a cohesive way to manage all of it," said Nnamdi Orakwue, vice president, Dell Cloud. "The partner approach offers increased value to Dell’s customers, channel partners and shareholders, as part of our comprehensive cloud strategy to deliver market-leading, end-to-end cloud solutions."
For more information about the Dell Cloud Partner Program, head here.
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