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Dell-Microsoft cloud-in-a-box: Making headway in Malaysia

Since announcing the Cloud Platform System (CPS) Standard with Microsoft at Dell World in October, Dell Malaysia is ready to announce new customer wins for the solution that packages Microsoft’s cloud software with Dell hardware.

William Tan head of Enterprise Solutions Dell Malaysia

William Tan

This was revealed by Dell Malaysia’s head of Enterprise Solutions, William Tan, during the launch of their new PowerEdge servers in Malaysia last mid-December.

CPS is dubbed a cloud-in-a-box offering that is able to extend cloud capabilities from on-premise infrastructure to a public cloud. Tan said, “With Dell Cloud Manager software, by default it points to Microsoft’s Azure cloud, but it can also extend to public clouds like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google and more.”

As early as this month, there may be announcement of more local data centre operators, going onto the Azure platform, a public cloud platform that private clouds could burst to, to use its computing resources for indefinite periods of time.

Dell Malaysia’s General Manager for Commercial Business, KT Ong admitted that Dell Malaysia does approach local businesses to consider cloud data centre (DC) operators like Exabytes or Shinjuru, as these businesses’ fourth option besides just Microsoft, Google or Amazon Web Services.

Being able to create demand for local DC’s services, also means demand for Dell hardware to be shipped into these local data centres.

More specs about the CPS

This smaller scale cloud-in-a-box offering comes a year after Dell and Microsoft announced the Cloud Platform System Premium software. The new Standard edition comes with Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, Windows Azure Pack and Dell Cloud Manager.

It runs on Dell PowerEdge servers that are capable of spinning up, up to 400 virtual machines.

Dell PowerEdge R330 rack server

Dell PowerEdge R330 rack server

The latest generation of PowerEdge servers launched in Malaysia last month offer large storage capacity, extensive configuration options, up to four DDR4 memory slots and up to eight hard drives in a choice of rack or tower form factors.


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