Dell Cloud descends on Europe (by way of Slough)
US and Canada first
Dell opens a data centre in Slough next month, to support the delivery of cloudy services to Europe.
The doors open to European customers on August 31, so no pricing and little in the way of firm detail yet
But the company has plenty to say about the introductory trial it is running in US and Canada for Dell Cloud.
On offer are security services from SecureWorks and data encryption from Trend Micro. But the big push is for VMWare's VCloud Datacenter Services, or as Dell calls it, "Dell Cloud with VMWare vCloud Datacenter Services". Even the acronym is unwieldy: DCVvCDS.
But the intent from Dell and VMware is clear enough. If the Cloud is to cannibalise on-premise business, let's make sure it is our cloud that does the cannibalising.
Or clouds. This is the second cloud deal that VMware has announced this week. T-Systems, the giant IT services organisation owned by Deutsche Telekom, today said that it too is to "deliver on the hybrid cloud promise" by providing VMware vCloud Datacenter Services. And there are others:
VMware vCloud Datacenter locations: looks like this map needs updating
Dell's introductory offer in the US and Canada for VMware cloudy virt is $999, which the vendors brightly says gives companies of "all sizes and industries" an easy way to check out its hybrid and public cloud offerings.
The vendor has some takeaways to share concerning the first customers on board.
- Up to 45 per cent of initial vCloud customers are small and medium businesses
- up to 29 per cent are large enterprises and Fortune 500
- and up to 26 per cent are in the public sector
VMware is in...
...a clear and present danger as majority of the biggest clouds seem to be running on Xen (AWS, Rackspace, GoGrid, CloudStack, MS' Azure is being the only exception) and even OpenStack's two best options are Xen and KVM.
As a side note I think it's time for Dell to settle on one platform instead of trying to serve everyone and everything - at the Cloud Expo East they were heavily promoting Crowbar, their freely downloadable OpenStack package which is apparently a very active project at Dell (though dedicated resources still seem to be limited, as I heard only around 40-50 ppl working on it): http://content.dell.com/us/en/gen/d/cloud-computing/crowbar-software-framework
Dosnt that make it?
Doesn't that make it a Sloughed then?