Dell Technologies continued its infrastructure-as-a-service push, teaming with VMware on a new product which enables multi-cloud deployments of its Apex platform.
The company’s Apex Cloud Services with VMware Cloud provides scalable software-defined compute, storage and networking capabilities with consistent operations across public, private and edge cloud environments.
Dell noted customers can use preconfigured cloud instances to get things up and running faster, and then monitor and optimize their service using Apex Console. They can also use VMware Tanzu to let developers build, test and run cloud-native applications and VMware HCX to migrate workloads across different cloud environments.
Travis Vigil, SVP of portfolio and product management for Dell’s Infrastructure Solutions Group, explained in a blog that while organizations are increasingly relying on multiple clouds to stay competitive, they’re looking for someone to manage that infrastructure for them.
With its new product, “the infrastructure is owned and managed by Dell Technologies, freeing customers from the hassles of day-to-day infrastructure management,” he wrote.
Vigil added customers will be able to purchase the product on a one or three-year subscription term and pay either upfront, annually or monthly. It is set to become available to customers in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany by the end of Dell’s fiscal year in January 2022, he said.
The move is part of Dell’s ongoing effort to meld its cloud and as-a-service offerings. The company launched its Apex as-a-service portfolio in May, introducing its Data Storage, Cloud, Custom Solutions and Console products. Dell announced its spin off of VMware in April.
Dell’s new VMware-enabled multi-cloud service works with Dell EMC ObjectScale, a Kubernetes-native storage solution which has been in beta since last year and is set to become globally available in Q4. It is also compatible with Dell’s Validated Design for AI, which was built with Nvidia and VMware and enables the consistent application of artificial intelligence in virtualized environments. The latter is now available globally.