Dell unloads slew of datacenter upgrades, teams with Red Hat on OpenStack

Summary:Dell's enterprise arm is making leaps and bounds this week with a host of new upgrades intended to boost cloud and datacenter performance.

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Dell is bolstering its cloud and datacenter portfolios, first and foremost through a series of collaborative efforts with Red Hat.

Announced amid the Dell Enterprise Forum EMEA in Frankfurt, Germany and the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco this week, the tech giants are working off the venerable open source cloud platform OpenStack, aiming to serve IT priorities around non-business critical apps. That includes better support of developer test environments for mobile, social, and analytics apps.

One example is a new "Proof of Concept Configuration," which is targeted toward developers looking to establish a test and production environment while dabbling with OpenStack.

Dell and Red Hat are also teaming on Platform-as-a-Service offerings to better serve Red Hat's OpenShift PaaS community, among other enterprise app developers.

The goal here is to enable developers to write apps that can be ported across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments while remaining compatible with any operating system and any programming language.

The fruits of Dell and Red Hat's cloud collaboration are starting to become available to OpenStack users now.

On its own, Dell also trotted out a slew of other IT management upgrades targeted at datacenter silos, all of which are designed to reduce downtimes (and protect data in the case of an outage).

Here's a rundown:

  • Fluid Cache for SAN: Accelerator app leveraging server caching to bridge server and storage silos and boost workload performance
  • Dell Compellent Storage Center 6.5: Extends performance and auto-tiering advancements of previous Storage Center releases to more customers
  • Dell OpenManage Mobile: Mobile gateway enabling IT admins with anywhere/anytime access to datacenter monitoring as well as remote access for automating IT operations
  • Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools: Data protection and management tools for Dell EqualLogic storage arrays; includes integration for VMware, Microsoft, and Linux server virtualization platforms and apps

Both OpenManage and the EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware and Linux are available worldwide now. Microsoft support will follow later this month.

The Fluid Cache for SAN along with Compellent Storage Center 6.5 will roll out globally by the end of the second quarter.

Topics: Cloud, Data Management, Dell, Enterprise 2.0, Open Source

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