Dell APEX portfolio advances help customers strengthen multicloud strategies

Dell Technologies has unveiled new Dell APEX offerings across cloud platforms, public cloud storage software, client devices and computers.

These additions to its as-a-Service and multicloud portfolio, spanning from data center to public cloud and client devices, could help enterprises operate and innovate faster through better management and mobility of their applications and data wherever they reside.

“Our customers continue to seek a simpler technology experience to easily manage and access their resources and applications with predictable costs and greater flexibility,” said Chuck Whitten, co-chief operating officer, Dell Technologies (pictured). This is where Dell APEX comes in. Now, Dell APEX embraces the breadth of our portfolio to give customers greater freedom for technology to support businesses as they need to, from on-premises PCs and IT to public clouds and edge locations.

Dell APEX cloud platforms deliver consistent multicloud operations

Dell APEX cloud platforms are a portfolio of fully integrated turnkey systems integrating Dell infrastructure, software and cloud operating stacks that deliver consistent multicloud operations by extending cloud operating models to on-premises and edge environments. Workloads can be placed in the optimal location based on desired performance, cost, and security requirements with data mobility across a common multicloud storage tier. Customers will be able to move data seamlessly between on-premises environments and Dell APEX Block Storage for public cloud deployments. Each system is designed to accelerate IT and developer productivity using familiar management tools and automated software-based deployment and lifecycle management.

The cloud platforms are developed in collaboration with Microsoft, Red Hat AND vmware:

  • Dell APEX cloud platform for Microsoft Azureenhances the hybrid Azure experience with full stack software integration and automated lifecycle management through Microsoft native management tools and extensive technical collaboration between Dell and Microsoft. The platform is ideal for application modernization and delivers faster Azure time to value built on Azure Arc-enabled infrastructure with consistent operations and governance across on-premises data centers, edge locations, and Azure public cloud via Azure Arc .
  • Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat OpenShiftsimplifies the development and management of container-based applications, wherever applications are developed and deployed, through the integration and automation of full-stack software with the industry’s leading hybrid cloud application platform based on Kubernetes. Customers can run containers and virtual machines side-by-side, natively within Kubernetes, with a unified experience for a variety of workloads including AI/ML and analytics, with broad GPU support on any hybrid cloud footprint. This offering represents a deep engineering collaboration between Dell and Red Hat, using enterprise Kubernetes and powered by the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
  • Dell APEX Cloud Platform for VMwareoffers customers the flexibility to deploy vSphere on a fully integrated system with highly scalable, high-performance Dell software-defined storage. This new offering joins Dell APEX Private Cloud and Dell APEX Hybrid Cloud within the broader Dell APEX portfolio to offer VMware customers more choice in their multicloud journey.

For more than a century, Xerox has continually redefined the workplace experience, said Tino Lancellotti, chief information officer, Xerox. Dell APEX has helped us optimize our multicloud strategy so we can deliver software and services that meet the needs of the modern workforce.

Dell APEX Storage for Public Cloud enriches the public cloud experience

Delivering on the promise of Project Alpine, Dell brings the performance and advanced software features of its industry-leading enterprise data storage to public clouds, while delivering operational simplicity with a unified approach to Dell cloud storage and Kubernetes management.

Dell APEX Block Storage for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Dell APEX Block Storage for Microsoft AzureAND Dell APEX File Storage for AWScombines Dell’s enterprise-class storage performance, scalability and cyber resiliency with the economics and services of the public cloud, such as analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). Organizations can fine-tune their cloud strategies based on business needs and maximize existing expertise through advanced data mobility and management consistency between Dell on-premises storage and public clouds. This approach avoids the need to refactor applications and retrain personnel.

Dell APEX block storage can rapidly expand performance and capacity for mission-critical workloads through a unique scale-out architecture. Greater resiliency is achieved by distributing data efficiently across multi-availability zones. Dell APEX File Storage delivers enterprise-class file performance and functionality in the public cloud. Customers can support a wide variety of performance-intensive workloads, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, media and entertainment, and life sciences.

These offers come together Dell APEX Protection Storage for the public cloudas part of Dell’s portfolio of software-defined storage for public clouds. Dell APEX Protection Storage offers industry-leading data protection storage for AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Alibaba Cloud with over 17 exabytes of data protected by Dell software in public clouds to date.

Dell APEX console Enhancements include new management, deployment, data mobility, and discovery software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings that make it easier for operations teams to maintain multicloud storage and Kubernetes clusters.

  • Dell APEX Navigator for multicloud storage is SaaS that centralizes, simplifies, and secures the management of Dell APEX Block and File Storage with simple configuration, automated deployment, storage monitoring, and data mobility between on-premises and public clouds. This enables organizations to manage their multicloud assets consistently and securely at scale, optimizing workload placement to meet their business needs.
  • Dell APEX Navigator for Kubernetes is SaaS that simplifies Kubernetes storage management, delivering advanced data services such as data replication, application mobility, and observability, to containers with easily deployable and managed Dell Container Storage Modules.

Organizations are looking to simplify their IT environments so that data and applications can live in the right place to deliver maximum value for their businesses, said Matthew Eastwood, senior vice president at IDC. Dell Technologies has delivered a significant expansion of its Dell APEX portfolio that creates commonalities between public cloud and on-premises environments to simplify workload placement.

Dell APEX brings the cloud experience to PCs and servers

Dell expands Dell APEX portfolio to help users easily manage day-to-day IT operations, speed infrastructure deployment, control costs, and manage device retirement securely and sustainably through an as-a- Service.

  • Dell APEX processingprovides scalable and secure bare metal computing resources in a data center, edge environment, or colocation facility. Customers can support virtualized or container-based environments by installing the hypervisor or operating system of their choice. Organizations will be able to meet their IT operations and workload needs with scalable and secure computing resources available through a predictable monthly subscription.
  • Dell APEX PC as a Service (PCaaS) helps companies simplify IT and deploy the latest client technology with predictable costs, freeing up capital to invest in modern employee experiences. Organizations can customize offerings for their entire PC portfolio, including devices, software and services, with flexible terms from one to five years and scale up or down as needed. Early customers using Dell APEX PCaaS reported 50% less help desk effort, 30% savings in support costs, and 50% less time spent onboarding employee devices.

Dell expands data management ecosystem for easier access to data insights with Databricks Lakehouse Platform

To give customers greater freedom to extract insights from data wherever it resides, Dell and Databricks, the data and artificial intelligence company, announce a multifaceted new relationship to connect on-premises data into Dell’s industry-leading enterprise storage platforms and the Databricks Lakehouse platform.

Dell customers can connect Databricks in the public cloud with Dell object storage, either on-premises or in a co-location facility, to analyze data on site, archive the results and securely share them with third parties using the Databricks Delta Sharing. Dell and Databricks are collaborating to jointly engineer additional integrations that will deliver a seamless experience for Dell object storage within the Databricks Lakehouse platform.

Microsoft and Dell are simplifying hybrid cloud management with an integrated solution that offers customers consistent operations across the Azure public cloud and their on-premises and edge environments, said Bernardo Caldas, corporate vice president, Azure Edge PM, Microsoft. Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Microsoft Azure offers native integration of Dell’s differentiated infrastructure platforms and management software with Azure Arc and Arc-enabled services such as Azure Stack HCI and AKS for a unified experience from cloud to edge.

As organizations continue to evolve and scale their cloud strategies, customers are looking for a consistent user experience on a hybrid infrastructure to accelerate cloud-native application development and accelerate time to value, he said. Stefanie Chiras, Senior VP, Partner Ecosystem Success, Red Hat. Red Hat OpenShift provides this common foundation, and through our ongoing work with Dell Technologies, customers can benefit from a fully integrated Red Hat OpenShift experience on their on-premises infrastructure from Dell to extend capabilities wherever they deploy applications across the hybrid cloud.

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  • Duncan MacRae

    Duncan is an award-winning editor with over 20 years of journalism experience. Starting his career as a technology journalist as editor of Arabian Computer News in Dubai, he has since edited a number of digital and technology marketing publications, including Computer Business Review, TechWeekEurope, Figaro Digital, Digit and the Marketing Gazette.

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