HPE, Dell Unveil Systems, Services for Microsoft Azure
Enterprises will be able to manage the integrated system with HPE's Operations Bridge for automated operations management with analytics, and be able to secure their cloud environment with the vendor's SecureData and Security ArcSight software. HPE also is offering consulting services around the Azure-based hybrid cloud. While the integrated system will be available in mid-2017, the consulting services are available now. For its part, Dell's infrastructure arm—Dell EMC—announced new Azure cloud services and two new validated systems optimized for Microsoft software. The moves are designed to make it easier for organizations to move to cloud environments, according to Jim Ganthier, senior vice president of the validated solutions organization within Dell EMC's Converged Platforms Solutions Division. Dell and Microsoft "are working to both simplify and accelerate customers' journey to the cloud, helping them build individualized cloud solutions that are future-proofed for business and IT transformation."The Validated System for Microsoft Exchange, built on the PowerEdge R730xd server, is aimed at email workloads and enables users to shorten the design, delivery and configuration times for Exchange Server 2016, Dell EMC officials said. It will help organizations drive down costs through resource consolidation, optimized storage design and efficient system management. The Azure services for backup and development and test labs and the Validated System for Exchange are available now. The business continuity service will be available next month, and the Validated System for Microsoft SQL will come in early 2017.
The new Azure Cloud Services includes offerings around backup, development and test labs and business continuity. Dell EMC also is unveiling the Validated System for Microsoft SQL, which is based on the company's PowerEdge R830 servers and is designed to enable businesses to process in-memory online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads as much as 30 times faster with SQL Server 2016.