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Dell announces range of VMware integration upgrades

Mon 5 Oct 2020
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Dell Technologies has announced several infrastructure solutions for VMware environments to manage and support applications across the edge, data centers and hybrid clouds. 

As VMware delivers its latest releases for vSphere, vSAN and VMware Cloud Foundation to support Tanzu, Dell Technologies is extending support of these technologies across the Dell infrastructure portfolio, with integrated solutions including Dell Technologies Cloud, Dell EMC VxRail, Dell EMC PowerProtect, Dell EMC PowerEdge and more.

Dell EMC VxRail, a jointly engineered HCI system with VMware, is the first system to be integrated with VMware vSphere with Tanzu, allowing customers to adopt Kubernetes with automated deployment and provisioning, whether through a validated architecture, VxRail cluster and/or the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform.

 Dell Technologies Cloud Platform offers a subscription for VMware Tanzu in hybrid clouds starting at USD$70 per node, per day.  

Storage innovations

Dell EMC PowerMax replication is now integrated with VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) and VMware Site Recovery Manager, reducing time needed for provisioning, replication and service level policies. 

The new Cloud Mobility for Dell EMC PowerMax feature offers the movement of data from on-premises to public clouds, reducing the cost/GB for long-term data retention by up to 50% while freeing up capacity for PowerMax to support higher priority applications on-premises, extending the life of the array. 

Plus, improved security features and Smart DR for data resiliency and efficiency.

Dell EMC ObjectScale is Dell’s next-generation, Kubernetes-based object storage platform, currently available in an early access programme. 

ObjectScale will allow developers to provision S3-compatible, cloud-scale storage for modern stateful applications on demand. 

By enabling object storage to be deployed directly through vSphere, customers can deliver modern application experiences and align development and IT operations. 

Designed with a scale-out, geo-distributed architecture with global accessibility, ObjectScale delivers enterprise storage across edge, core and hybrid cloud environments.

Data protection

Dell Technologies adds new management and backup capabilities to PowerProtect Data Manager in VMware environments with the introduction of new data protection updates:

Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager now supports the VMware Tanzu portfolio, including Tanzu Kubernetes clusters, Kubernetes clusters in vSphere, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated (TKGI) on-premises and in public clouds.

New PowerProtect Data Manager integrations provide native vCenter Storage Policy-based Management integration for VM protection allowing VI admins to use well-known workflows from within their vSphere environment to assign data protection policies. 

Additionally, this latest release of PowerProtect Data Manager offers a VMware-certified solution to protect the VMware Cloud Foundation infrastructure layer.  

Dell Technologies is previewing a new feature in PowerProtect Data Manager that will eliminate the need to pause a VM during backup

With new snapshot and data movement technologies, teams can back up mission-critical VMs without business disruption – they no longer have to choose between availability and security since all VMs are protected and active, even during backup.

Cloud building

Dell Technologies and VMware are making it easier for cloud service providers (CSPs) to quickly build and scale hosted cloud environments through tighter integration between VMware Cloud Director and Dell Technologies Cloud Platform (DTCP). 

Thanks to new integrations, CSPs can enjoy cost savings by reducing the time it takes to provision and manage multi-tenant cloud environments, creating virtual data centers in minutes that can be built once and deployed everywhere in seconds. 

New automation capabilities further streamline service deployment and lifecycle management of the software-defined data center.  CSP’s running VMware Cloud Director on DTCP can offer customers rapid access to a more reliable and consistent cloud experience across their DTCP environments and off-premise instances.

Support for VMware Project Monterey

Dell Technologies is joining VMware in supporting Project Monterey, an applications-driven response to the change in how applications are being built and deployed. 

By adding support for SmartNICs, VMware and Dell Technologies are providing a path for customers to build next-gen infrastructure that efficiently manages the placement of infrastructure, application and security demands across CPUs, GPUs and SmartNICs.   

Availability

  • VMware vSphere and VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu on VxRail and Tanzu support for Dell Technologies Cloud Platform will be globally available in October 2020.
     
  • Dell EMC PowerMax updates are globally available now.
     
  • Dell EMC ObjectScale early access is coming soon with global general availability planned in 2021.
     
  • Support for VMware Tanzu in Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager will be globally available in October 2020.
     
  • Storage Policy-Based Management in Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager will be globally available in November 2020.
     
  • VMware Cloud Foundation protection in Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager will be globally available in October 2020.
     
  • New Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager functionality that eliminates the need to pause VMs during backup has planned global availability in early 2021.
     
  • VMware Cloud Director on Dell Technologies Cloud Platform is globally available now.
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