Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Build Apps 5x Faster
For Half the Cost
Enterprise Cloud Computing

On Force.com
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Dell World Focus on Data Center and Its Place in the Cloud
Dell World Focus on Data Center and Its Place in the Cloud

By Barry Levine
December 14, 2012 11:53AM

    Bookmark and Share
Dell has been expanding its own line of solutions by working closely with partners such as SAP, Microsoft and VMware, said analyst Charles King. He added that Dell's approach, along with open solutions like OpenStack, "gives a 'better bang for the buck' and provides a focus on customer choice by not forcing companies into a walled-garden approach."
 



Updated Active System Manager software, a stronger commitment to the open source OpenStack software, and a recommitment to servers. Those are some of the news items that emerged from the Dell World conference this week in Austin, Texas.

Updates to the Active System Manager software in Dell's data center appliances use technology that Dell acquired when it recently bought Gale Technologies, a provider of cloud and data center management software. Active System Manager now has the capability to deploy virtual clusters for computing and storage in a much more efficient manner than previously, the company said, and a new memory-based, "tier zero" storage offers faster access to cached data.

Increasing OpenStack Commitment

Active Infrastructures, a set of infrastructure solutions to simplify deployment of applications, virtual desktop infrastructures and private clouds was unveiled by the company in October. It has been targeted at data centers using x86 servers, and can be provided either as pre-integrated systems, or, through Active System architectures, as frameworks for creating virtualized infrastructures.

The company also announced that it is increasing its commitment to public and private cloud products based on the open source OpenStack package that has received wide-scale support from such companies as IBM, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and Intel. The company is releasing a technical preview of its private cloud offering with OpenStack, called Dell Cloud Dedicated. Dell said that using OpenStack as the primary platform "offers customers the benefits of scalability, self-service access and a consumption-based model."

Dell was an early participant in the OpenStack effort, along with Citrix, NASA and Rackspace. The company said it will still, however, offer some cloud products based on technologies such as VMware or Microsoft Azure, and will continue to offer solutions for "any type of cloud."

'Focus on Customer Choice'

In his keynote address at the conference, founder, Chairman and CEO Michael Dell said that Dell was first in servers in North America and in Asia in terms of shipments. He said the company was only 64,000 unit sales behind world leader HP, and suggested to the audience that, "if everybody here buys 10 servers, I think we've pretty much got it." At any rate, he said, the trajectory indicates that Dell will take the No. 1 global spot "within the next few quarters."

Charles King, an analyst with industry research firm Pund-IT, said the basic message emerging from Dell World was that "the strategy the company has been following since Michael Dell came back in 2007 is proceeding" -- that is, moving from a PC-focused company to one offering end-to-end business solutions.

He noted that companies like Oracle and HP "are moving more toward proprietary vertical stack solutions, a 'back to the future' approach similar to what we saw in the '70s and '80s."

But, King added, Dell has been expanding its own line of solutions by working closely with partners such as SAP, Microsoft and VMware. He added that this approach, along with open solutions like OpenStack, "gives a 'better bang for the buck' and provides a focus on customer choice by not forcing companies into a walled-garden approach."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Data Storage
1.   Cloud Firms Offer Azure Starter Kit
2.   Amazon Intros Zocalo Storage Service
3.   EMC Moves Toward Hybrid Cloud
4.   Oracle Boosts ZS3 Storage Server Line
5.   Fusion-IO Deal Speeds SanDisk Shift


advertisement
Amazon Intros Zocalo Storage Service
Online storage and sharing for business.
Average Rating:
EMC Moves Toward Hybrid Cloud
Buys TwinStrata; debuts VMAX3 storage.
Average Rating:
Cloud Firms Offer Azure Starter Kit
Carpathia, Equinix partner on launch.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Tor Internet Privacy Service Warns Users It Was Breached
You may never have heard of the Tor Project, but the Internet privacy service is making headlines. Tor’s devs say users might be victims of an attack launched against the project earlier this year.
 
Canadian Government Charges China with Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit
It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
 
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
FTC Wants Fix for 'Perfect Scam' of Mobile Cramming
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines to curb “mobile cramming,” a troublesome practice that adds unauthorized third-party charges to mobile phone bills.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.