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Dell Technologies Cloud Platform & Dell EMC VxRail Now Support VMware vSphere with Tanzu

by Adam Armstrong

Today at VMworld 2020, Dell Technologies announced several innovations of its technology that integrates with VMware environments. The new innovations cover the gamut of providing better protection, management, and better support for both traditional and modern applications regardless if they are at edge locations, core data centers, and/or in hybrid clouds. The updates cover Dell Technologies Cloud Platform and Dell EMC VxRail, Dell EMC PowerMax, Dell EMC ObjectScale, Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager, and VMware Cloud on Dell EMC.

Today at VMworld 2020, Dell Technologies announced several innovations of its technology that integrates with VMware environments. The new innovations cover the gamut of providing better protection, management, and better support for both traditional and modern applications regardless if they are at edge locations, core data centers, and/or in hybrid clouds. The updates cover Dell Technologies Cloud Platform and Dell EMC VxRail, Dell EMC PowerMax, Dell EMC ObjectScale, Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager, and VMware Cloud on Dell EMC.

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VMware made several announcements this morning ranging from new initiatives around modern applications to future-ready workforce solutions to expanded support for Tanzu, cloud service updates, along with virtual cloud network innovations. Dell Technologies is one of VMware closest partners (though they partner with all the major hardware vendors) and it announcing its own updates of integrations with VMware. This builds off of previous announcements such as the tighter integrations of Dell EMC VxRail with VMware vSphere with Tanzu.

First up is the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform. For those looking to get started with VMware Tanzu in hybrid clouds but want it to be easy and affordable can use the former’s subscription service for as little as $70 per node, per day. This is a way to better budget as the price is fixed and there will be no big upfront costs or surprise costs from something radically needing to change or going wrong. This service lets users get started in just 14 days and they can expand their deployment in as few as five days.

Dell announced some storage innovations for VMware environments earlier today. They covered Dell EMC PowerMax and Dell EMC ObjectScale. We covered the announcements more in depth here.

Dell unveiled some innovations around data protection for VMware environments as well. Dell states that they have added advanced management and backup capabilities to PowerProtect Data Manager in VMware environments with the introduction of new data protection updates. These updates include:

  • PowerProtect Data Manager Support for Tanzu – To help support and protect a customer’s critical modern applications, 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.
  • VMware Storage Policy-Based Management and VMware Cloud Foundation Protection – New PowerProtect Data Manager integrations make it the only solution to provide native vCenter Storage Policy-based Management integration for VM protection. This allows VI admins to save time by using 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.
  • Enhanced Protection of Mission-Critical VMs – 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.

VMware Cloud on Dell EMC has added new large node for high memory and storage usage workloads along with support for global and vertical industries with critical security needs through new compliance certifications, including ISO, CCPA, EU GDPR and SOC-2. The cloud service also offers multi-cluster support to segment workloads and the ability to create up to eight clusters in a rack. This way resources can be leveraged better and see higher performance.

Dell and VMware have also announced tighter integration between VMware Cloud Director and Dell Technologies Cloud Platform (DTCP) to enable CSPs to quickly build and scale hosted cloud environments. The companies state that the integration enables costs savings by reducing the time to provision and manage multi-tenant cloud environments. They go so far to claim that virtual data centers can be created in just minutes and deployed everywhere within seconds. Aside from rapid deployment, the VMware Cloud Director on DTCP can offer CSPs a reliable and consistent cloud experience across their DTCP environments and off-premise instances. Part of the streamline process come from new automation capabilities that also cover lifecycle management of the software-defined data center.

A big announcement this morning was VMware’s Project Monterey, an applications-driven response to the unprecedented change in how applications are being built and deployed. Dell is supporting the new initiative providing their customers with a way 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 on Dell EMC advancements are available in the U.S. in November 2020.
  • VMware Cloud Director on Dell Technologies Cloud Platform is globally available now.

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