Virtualization: Breaking down the Dell and VMware Relationship

How can companies foster innovation when 70 percent of most IT budgets is spent on infrastructure maintenance alone? IT administrators spend a significant portion of their busy schedules managing servers and applications instead of dedicating time to more strategic operations. Operating expenses are often unpredictable; server hardware remains volatile and is highly prone to failure. Thanks to advancements in technology like virtualization and cloud computing, businesses can provide access to data, applications and services regardless of their actual location.

Dell has recently combined forces with VMware, a leader in virtualization technology, to provide a more practical solution to delivering desktop virtualization tools. Business customers and channel partners can respond faster to business demands and incorporate mobile solutions more effectively—at a lower cost of ownership.

According to VMware’s vice president of End-User Computing, Vittorio Viarengo, VMware’s relationship with Dell is strategic, and provides partners and customers with VDI solutions offering scalability, security and simplification of deployment. So, what are two keys to the Dell and VMware relationship and how will this partnership affect storage solutions in Boston?

#1 - Organizations are Better Equipped for the Cloud Era

Dell and VMware will introduce cutting edge VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) bundles which are based on VMware View. The use of this turnkey virtual infrastructure proposes the need to prepare for storage limitations and challenges. No two VMware deployments are alike; they vary with each environment and storage requirements can quickly decrease or increase depending on a company's need.

For this reason, companies will need to adopt and support various types of protocols for storage solutions in Boston. VMware grants companies the ability to choose from multiple protocols, allowing smooth transition from a physical environment to a virtual storage environment. The protocols supported by VMware include:

  • DAS (Direct-Attached Storage)
  • NFS (Network File System)
  • FC (Fibre Channel)
  • iSCSI (Internet Small Computer System Interface)
  • FCoE (Fibre Channel Over Ethernet)
  • InfiniBand (architecture and specification for data flow among devices)
  • AOE (ATA over Ethernet)

#2 - Virtualization Provides Unprecedented Storage Efficiency

Application of a virtualization strategy such as Dell and VMware’s consolidated bundles provides unprecedented agility and data center efficiency. Storage solutions in Boston can be leveraged with VMware technology to:

  • Deploy virtual machines in a faster time frame than hardware deployments
  • Deploy virtual machines without overtaxing resources and wasting storage space
  • Change, move or expand volumes while maintaining business continuity and productivity
  • Recover server data in a matter of seconds, as opposed to hours

Small to medium-sized companies can leverage the technology to drive costs down, while driving production upward. Utilizing tools such as Dell Compellent and other proven desktop virtualization platforms, organizations are better equipped to become more efficient in meeting their business objectives and are thus more likely to help partners and customers meet theirs.

The merging of solutions between these two progressive and highly successful companies will revolutionize the way storage solution providers in Boston do business nowand in the future. The virtualization and storage revolution has begun—is your business prepared?

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