Dell Technologies debuts Dell EMC PowerOne autonomous infrastructure

The autonomous infrastructure solution is touted as making it easier for IT teams to maintain infrastructure and focus instead on innovation.
Written by Asha Barbaschow, Contributor

Dell Technologies has on Tuesday announced Dell EMC PowerOne autonomous infrastructure, touted as making it easier to deploy, manage, and consume IT.

PowerOne integrates PowerEdge compute, PowerMax storage, PowerSwitch networking, and VMware virtualisation into a single system, and according to Dell Technologies Infrastructure Solutions Group president Jeff Boudreau, it is designed to deliver the services, security, and resiliency required by mission critical and emerging artificial intelligence and machine learning applications.

According to Boudreau, PowerOne autonomous infrastructure automates IT so customers can focus less on managing technology and more on benefiting from it. 

"As we look to the future, PowerOne offers a tremendous leap forward. It helps customers focus on unleashing the power of data, allowing IT teams to innovate and achieve business goals faster," he said.

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"PowerOne is Dell Technologies instantiated as an all in one autonomous system," Dell Technologies president and CTO of products and operations John Roese added during the Dell Technologies Summit Keynote on Tuesday.

"It is the first time after we've done the end-to-end product refresh of our infrastructure products that we are putting all of the Power branded products together in a new form factor, a new system, and that system really has one goal: Building infrastructure in a way that is frictionless and low effort and easy, compared to the current status quo."

Core to PowerOne, Roese said, are two things: Innovation and automation.

"Innovation enterprise -- you can't build autonomous infrastructure with dumb products, so we've made our products smart, we've invested AI intelligence in them," he said. "But the second piece is, in order to turn it into a system, we have a new automation framework within the system, something called the PowerOne controller. It's the brain of the system … the intelligent building blocks of PowerMax, PowerEdge, PowerSwitch into a system."

It also provides integration into cloud management toolsets, such as VMware vRealize. 

"PowerOne is now joining the Dell Technologies Cloud portfolio to help customers build this multi-cloud infrastructure," Roese said. "It brings the data centre, physical infrastructure into the cloud world at an entirely new level." 


Dell EMC PowerOne

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PowerOne components include: PowerOne Controller, PowerEdge MX, PowerSwitch, PowerMax, and PowerProtect.

PowerOne boasts a built-in, advanced automation engine that takes advantage of a Kubernetes microservices architecture and uses Ansible workflows to assist users by automating the component configuration and provisioning, delivering a customer-managed data centre-as-a-service.

PowerOne is available from 22 November 2019 through the company's newly announced Dell Technologies on Demand offering.

Also announced on Tuesday at Dell Technologies Summit in Austin, Dell Technologies On Demand is a set of consumption-based and as-a-service offerings that "delivers IT with the agility of cloud and the control, performance, and predictability of on-premises infrastructure".

The on demand model offers three pay per use consumption models including Pay As You Grow, which allows users to pay on deployment schedules; Flex On Demand, offering monthly payment solutions across the entire Dell Technologies portfolio; and Data Center Utility, which delivers the most customisation to cover business requirements across the ecosystem.  

Flex On Demand is available in 23 countries, with a total of 50 countries having access to the option through Dell Technologies' partner ecosystem.

As part of this new offering, the company is also expanding its flexible consumption portfolio to support Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, in addition to the new Dell EMC PowerOne autonomous infrastructure system. 

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Dell Technologies On Demand

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It has also expanded the PC-as-a-service (PCaaS) offering to small businesses, which includes PC acquisition, and lifecycle management of hardware, software, services, and financing for growing companies.

"The multi-cloud world is here and will only grow, which means customers need on-demand and consistent infrastructure that yield predictable outcomes across all of their clouds, data centres, and edge locations," Dell Technologies vice chairman Jeff Clarke said.

"Dell Technologies On Demand makes it possible for organisations to plan, deploy, and manage their entire IT footprint. They can choose how they consume and pay for IT solutions that meet their needs with the freedom and flexibility to evolve as their needs change over time."

As part of the announcement, Dell Technologies partners are now able to resell Dell Technologies On Demand to their customers.

Asha Barbaschow travelled to Dell Technologies Summit as a guest of Dell Technologies.


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