Dell Unveils Partner Program for Public Clouds
While Dell is backing away from its plans regarding OpenStack and public clouds, the company reportedly will continue supporting the open-source platform in its private cloud efforts. Rachel Balik, a member of the Joyent content marketing team, wrote in a May 20 post on the Joyent blog that her company was a natural fit for Dell. “Dell’s goal to deliver market-leading, end-to-end cloud solutions is closely aligned with our own mission of providing the absolute best in high-performance cloud computing,” Balik wrote, noting that Joyent is a long-time Dell partner. Joyent offers IaaS solutions for both private and public clouds. ZeroLag offers hosting services based on VMware technology, while ScaleMatrix sells cloud services through its TruCore Performance Cloud hosting platform.Dell’s public cloud partner program comes as analysts predict organizations will continue to embrace the public cloud model. In a report in February, Gartner analysts said they expect the worldwide public cloud services market will grow to $131 billion this year, an 18.5 percent increase over the $111 billion it generated in 2012. "The continued growth of the cloud services market will result from the adoption of cloud services for production systems and workloads, in addition to the development and testing scenarios that have led as the most prominent use case for public cloud services to date," Ed Anderson, research director at Gartner, said in a statement. "Evidence of this growth is found in the increasing demand for cloud services from end-user organizations, met by an increased supply of cloud services from suppliers."
Dell officials said businesses can immediately start buying products from these vendors through Dell, and that their Cloud Partner Program will expand to include new vendors and new offerings beyond IaaS, depending on customer demand.