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Equinix Metal on Dell Subscription Service Announced

by Harold Fritts
Dell EMC PowerStore AppsON

Equinix and Dell Technologies strengthen their relationship with the announcement of Equinix Metal on Dell Technologies. The new service, deployed in Equinix facilities using Dell hardware, is a subscription service sold through Dell Technologies. The hardware is deployed and operated by Equinix, providing users with access to global markets and carrier-grade, low-latency networks.

Equinix and Dell Technologies strengthen their relationship with the announcement of Equinix Metal on Dell Technologies. The new service, deployed in Equinix facilities using Dell hardware, is a subscription service sold through Dell Technologies. The hardware is deployed and operated by Equinix, providing users with access to global markets and carrier-grade, low-latency networks.

The Equinix Metal on Dell Technologies solution is a hybrid-cloud solution delivering bare-metal performance with full developer automation for users’ software and workloads running on Dell PowerEdge hardware. The Dell PowerEdge portfolio provides a secure platform that optimizes app delivery with flexible options for expansion and virtualization. In addition to deploying, managing, and maintaining the systems, Equinix scales globally, delivering access to global markets. Equinix Metal offers automation tools provided through an API-first strategy across cloud and edge deployments.

Equinix Metal combines global reach and connectivity with automation and the on-demand consumption model of a public cloud. Its Managed Appliance lineup gives customers even more choice and control — specifically over hyperconverged infrastructure solutions — while reaping the benefits of a globally available “as a service” model.

Digitally-enabled businesses will benefit from the ability to innovate faster without sacrificing performance or necessitating a rework of existing architectures. Sitting on top of Dell PowerEdge servers, Equinix delivers on integrations with leading platforms and DevOps tools like Ansible and Terraform. Equinix is responsible for hardware deployment (rack and stack), life cycle management, break/fix, and networking.

Dell Technologies Portfolio

Featuring the latest portfolio of Dell infrastructure solutions, Equinix Metal on Dell Technologies includes:

  • Dell PowerEdge Servers: Dell’s latest PowerEdge rack servers are designed to address the most challenging workloads, working autonomously and collaboratively across all IT environments.
  • Dell PowerStore Storage: The PowerStore family of all-flash data storage appliances transforms traditional and modern workloads with a data-centric, intelligent, and adaptable infrastructure that delivers new capabilities such as AppsON.
  • Dell VxRail Infrastructure: VxRail delivers a turnkey experience that enables continuous innovation.
  • Dell PowerProtect DDVE: DDVE (Data Domain Virtual Edition) delivers flexibility with a virtual appliance that runs on a choice of hardware or in the public cloud (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, AWS GovCloud, Azure Government Cloud) and works with existing backup, archiving, and enterprise applications.

The Dell PowerEdge servers include Dell PowerEdge R640 and Dell PowerEdge R6515. There are many flexible configuration options across CPUs, RAM, NVMe storage, and networking to match customer requirements.

With Dell PowerStore on Equinix Metal, we provide single-tenant Dell PowerStore all-flash arrays as a fully operated service. This includes not only procuring, installing, and maintaining the hardware but also managing the colocation, power, top of rack, and distribution networking throughout the contract term. When combined with Equinix Metal’s on-demand bare metal (including Dell-based solutions), customers can deploy single-tenant compute resources just milliseconds away from their critical data.

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Choosing Dell PowerStore on Equinix Metal not only saves months of work, but also introduces an important flexibility advantage. Since Equinix Metal is responsible for all of the physical aspects of the deployment, customers can avoid purchasing supply chain constrained switches and overprovisioning data center space in advance of growth.

Significantly, you can also scale your storage as needs evolve. Dell PowerStore on Equinix Metal features a low minimum deployment commitment of just 25 TiB, which is seamlessly scalable to more than 2 petabytes per deployment.

Combining Equinix colocation, networking, operations, and automation with Dell VxRail Infrastructure provides a “soup to nuts” data center as a service experience that includes compute, storage, networking, and integrated VMware. VxRail on Equinix Metal comes in four flavors, starting with a standard general-purpose config and graduating to three workload-specific configurations optimized for compute (for critical, performance-sensitive applications), memory (for heavy-duty in-memory database workloads), and storage (for workloads where storage capacity needs to scale faster than compute power).

PowerProtect DDVE is Dell’s virtual appliance for managing and protecting enterprise data across any cloud or on-prem environment and features deduplication, replication, and protection. This solution is one where Equinix’s interconnection value shines. Dell PowerProtect DDVE on Equinix Metal helps bring all that data security and management power to Platform Equinix, where it can be easily connected to private environments and any cloud platform through industry-leading onramps, unlocking the ability to use cloud services in combination with mission-critical enterprise data while keeping.

Companies typically run Dell infrastructure solutions in their data centers or colocation environments. With Equinix Metal, customers looking for reduced deployment times and increased global reach can leverage Dell solutions as a service at Equinix Metal, eliminating the lead time and complexities of building their infrastructure while gaining essential advantages, such as turnkey access to Equinix interconnection.

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