Dell Hybrid Cloud System: Gateway to the MS Azure family
Dell’s much anticipated Dell Hybrid Cloud System (DHCS) for Microsoft, which is co-engineered with Microsoft is finally in Malaysia. It was officially announced in conjunction with the signing up of its first local cloud provider in Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ), Peering One.
Microsoft Malaysia’s Chief Marketing & Operating Officer, Michal Golebiewski had shared analyst findings that 80-percent of businesses in Malaysia, will implement the hybrid cloud, while 50-percent of businesses will adopt cloud computing platforms by 2017.
Growth… but where?
It’s true that public cloud services is enjoying some take-up, but it has been more difficult for private clouds and hybrid cloud; a combination of private and public), to ramp up. One of the most immediate challenges to implementing a private cloud, is the legacy environments that businesses are still trying to squeeze ROI from, or are still investing in.
All in all, it is simply too complex, risky, and costly with controls that are not transparent enough, to build out a private cloud. And as long as there is no private, on-premise implementation, it is near impossible to have a hybrid cloud.
Dell Malaysia’s General Manager for its Commercial Business, KT Ng observed that the interest is there, but that customers aren’t exactly sure how to start their cloud journey.
This makes a solution like DHCS extremely relevant. What it is in cloud-in-a-box or a integrated hybrid cloud solution validated with Microsoft Cloud Platform System Standard, which delivers simplified, automated deployment and maintenance capabilities, compete with hybrid cloud governance, control and policy-based automation for Microsoft Azure.
In under three hours, businesses could set up an on-premise cloud with consistent Azure public cloud access and minimal downtime.
According to Dell Malaysia’s Head of Enterprise Solutions, William Tan, there are three DHCS implementations around the globe, with two of them located in Malaysia.
Without a solution like this, Tan described that businesses would have to design their own architecture for the hardware stack, the software stack, size it correctly and also configure it.
With DHCS, deployment is faster, simpler and not to mention there is unified private-public cloud management across Windows Azure Pack (WAP), Azure and other cloud services.
Peering One is a cloud service provider, besides offering the hybrid cloud solution complete with consultancy services, it could offer its own hosted private cloud services like disaster recovery; an appealing feature for regulated industries that need to comply with data sovereignty.
Tan explained, “Customers can have a local disaster recovery site at Peering One (which is an Azure partner anyway, so it would be an Azure-consistent platform) or through Microsoft’s Azure; it is their choice. They decide where they want their virtual servers and data to reside.”