Emerging Device Businesses
New Moves Into Cloud Services Dell made major cloud-related announcements at both VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas and Dreamforce in San Francisco. On Aug. 29 at VMworld, the company revealed that it will launch its first public cloud offering later this year as part of its partnership with VMware.Dell will host VMware's new vCloud public cloud systems in Dell data centers: One is already online in Plano, Texas, and the other is under construction in the Pacific Northwest. More data centers are being planned. "This partnership also will build private clouds for customers," said Mark Bilger, vice president and CTO of Dell Services. "By extension between the two, Dell Services will be providing hyper-cloud solutions between the private cloud data centers and Dell's public cloud offering." So Dell and VMware are connecting a lot of dots: customers to the cloud, data centers to data centers, and data centers to outside public cloud services. There is no question that this is a full cloud-service offering with many options for customers to consider. This will be a multitenant environment for running virtual systems. It will provide access to virtual CPUs, memory, storage networks, IP addresses, firewalls and catalog capabilities.