Dell Technologies Cloud Platform Just Got Better

One of the most appealing aspects of a cloud operating model is the ability to get up and running quickly, with the goal of delivering a superior digital experience for your end-customers and other stakeholders.

With the introduction of instance-based offerings for Dell Technologies Cloud Platform (VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail), we’ve drastically simplified sizing and ordering for on-premises cloud resources with an intuitive selection of solutions aligned to your workload requirements. In parallel, we’re launching the Dell Technologies Cloud Console which delivers a simple checkout process and the ability to manage your entire hybrid cloud environment in one place.

You can now subscribe to instances designed for your workloads in a few clicks through the Cloud Console—and get it deployed in your datacenter, co-location facility, or at your Edge locations in as few as 14 days.¹ This means you can rapidly plan your cloud solutions without dealing with the complexity of configuring hardware for specific workloads, enabling you to focus on innovation instead of infrastructure procurement.

These new offerings are available through a single monthly subscription price that includes all hardware, software, and services components, enabling you to get started with hybrid cloud for as low as $47 per instance per month.² That’s up to 3x times less expensive per instance than an equivalent AWS Outposts.³

It’s also easy to scale your deployment by ordering new instances without having to renegotiate terms or, in some cases, without having to extend contracts⁴. Your new order is simply added to the existing subscription term, which most of our competitors don’t offer. 

Instances designed for your enterprise workloads

Instances deliver standardized combinations of compute (in some cases GPU/accelerators), memory, storage, and networking resources, on which a virtual machine or container can run. They are aligned and optimized to workload requirements, ranging from small (4GB) to extra-large (32GB) memory-to-CPU core ratios. Additionally, we offer special purpose instance types with Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) from Nvidia ™ to address Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

The DTCP predefined instance types, with their memory-to-core ratio:

  • Compute Optimized (4GB)
  • General Purpose (8GB)
  • Memory Optimized (16GB)
  • Large-Scale Memory Optimized (32GB)
  • Accelerator Optimized (GPU/FPGA)

Instances are ordered in quantities of 50, 100, 200, and 500 [instances] through the Cloud Console. They can be added together to run a larger quantity of instances of the same type, or you can mix and match instance types to support multiple workloads within the same solution. 

Extending your infrastructure to support a remote workforce

In light of current world events, empowering your users to connect and access all their files and applications on any device, anywhere, anytime has never been more important. To help organizations on that journey, w recently completed third party testing comparing DTCP against public cloud providers offering popular remote working solutions; VMware Horizon on DTCP against Amazon Workspaces on AWS and Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure—and we’re very excited about the outcomes.

Using results provided by industry standard test suites Login VSI and Lakeside SysTrack, the remote worker environment hosted by VMware Horizon on DTCP repeatedly showed superior results when compared to Amazon Workspaces on AWS and Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure in the areas of overall performance and typical user experience. 

Delivering IT projects faster

With a simple way to consume and order cloud resources, you can now get your applications up and running quickly with Dell Technologies Cloud Platform.  Deploy a hybrid cloud environment in as few as 14 days—and expand deployment in as few as 5 days¹. And with full stack integration with VMware Cloud Foundation, you can take advantage of automated lifecycle management, making upgrades easy and fast—only 3 clicks, 90 minutes for precheck and fully integrated HW and SW stack upgrades⁵.

Additionally, if our standardized workload instances with subscription pricing don’t meet your unique application requirements, you can always contact Dell Technologies to create a fully customized solution, as VxRail offers multiple compute, memory, storage, network and graphics options to cover a wide range of needs. In addition, you can tailor your payment options with the industry’s broadest end-to-end portfolio of flexible consumption and as-a-Service (aaS) solutions through Dell Technologies On Demand.

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Disclaimers:

¹ Applies to select preconfigured solutions, contact your sales representative for details. Excludes orders over 1000 instances, hybrid storage, select vRealize (vRA, vRO) components, and some other features. Customer credit approval, site survey and configuration workbook must be completed before order is placed. Product availability, shipping, holidays and other factors may impact deployment time. Deployment includes delivery, standardized installation and hardware and software configuration. US, United Kingdom, France and Germany only.

² Estimate based on the purchase of 500 Compute optimized instances (C-500 instance block) over a 3-year term with All Flash Storage and VMware Cloud Foundation Standard Edition, with an average monthly price of $23,500 (USD) as of October 2020. Pricing for pre-configured solutions with subscription may vary depending on the number and type of instance blocks in your configuration. For details on pricing, consult your account manager. US, United Kingdom, France and Germany only.

³Estimate based on the purchase of 100 Compute optimized instances(C-100 instance block) over a 3-year term with All Flash Storage and VMware Cloud Foundation Standard Edition, with an average monthly instance price of $86 and an average monthly price of $8,600, compared to an AWS Outposts configuration with comparable memory, cores and acceleration plus EBS added storage for an approximate monthly price of at $233 based on AWS published pricing. Pricing for pre-configured solutions with subscription may vary depending on the number and type of instance blocks in your configuration. For details on pricing, consult your account manager. US, United Kingdom, France and Germany only.

⁴ Customers who desire expansion within three months of the expiration of their subscription term must extend their subscription term by either one or three years to add expansion nodes.

⁵ Based on internal analysis using standard configuration, March 2020; times may vary based on configuration.

Brian Payne

About the Author: Brian Payne

Brian Payne leads a team responsible for defining the portfolio strategy as well as the detailed definitions for each offer in the portfolio. In his role, Brian collaborates across the Dell Technologies portfolio inclusive of the full line of Dell EMC infrastructure products as well as the software products such as the VMware Virtual Cloud Foundation portfolio.  Brian and members of his organization regularly engage with customers around the world to better understand their challenges and help them better understand how Dell can help them achieve their goals.  The insights gathered from our customers through these engagements coupled with primary research fuel the innovation engine for new offer development. Brian has over twenty years of product development experience at Dell.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.