Microsoft and Dell Pair Up

Less than two weeks after it announced a $67 billion bid to buy and privatize EMC, Dell has announced plans to develop a new hybrid cloud solution with Microsoft. The hybrid cloud aims to help customers with the difficulties that accompany the cloud. In addition, Dell announced a payment solution to help dissolve risks associated with cloud adoption. Dells extensive research into the hybrid cloud sector has convinced the company that this route will be successful.

Jim Ganthier, vice president and general manager of engineered solutions and cloud at Dell, has stated, “The challenges most customers face on their cloud journey are clear. They tell us it’s too complex, the cost-risk is too high, and control isn’t transparent.”

Dell has announced Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft, The new system is built around the new Microsoft Cloud Platform System Standard that was discussed  by Dell and Microsoft CEO’s Michael Dell and Satya Nadella, respectively. According to the two companies,  the Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft is an industry first; the new system delivers automated deployment and maintenance capabilities; a payment solution to reduce  customer investment risk; and hybrid cloud governance, control, and policy-based automation for Microsoft Azure along with other cloud environments. Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for cloud and enterprise at Microsoft, stated,” “Customers want to simplify and accelerate their journey to the cloud.”

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The solution is set to contain an on premise private cloud as well as the ability to build and provision workload templates. It will also organize business services of a multitude of cloud environments through integration with the Dell Cloud Manager. The solution also offers unified private-with-public cloud management and consumption control across Windows Azure Pack, Azure and other cloud services.

In addition to Dell Hybrid Cloud System, Dell Cloud Flex Pay is also being offered. This new program allows users to utilize the Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft with payment flexibility that entails cost savings without requirement of long term commitment.

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