Dell Stretches Its APEX Offering to Bridge Multiple Clouds

“Today’s multi-cloud reality is complex as data becomes more distributed across on-premises and colocation data centers, multiple public clouds and edge environments,” said Jeff Boudreau, president, Infrastructure Solutions Group, Dell Technologies.

Catering to multi-cloud needs, Dell Technologies has stretched its APEX product offering to include multi-cloud capabilities that would offer a consistent experience wherever applications and data reside. At the same time, through Project Alpine, Dell is bringing its block and file storage software to popular public clouds.

Dell has also enhanced its developer operations (DevOps) assistance with additional services and resources to assist in the selection of the appropriate cloud environment while maintaining the “security, support, and predictable cost” of Dell infrastructure.

“Today’s multi-cloud reality is complex as data becomes more distributed across on-premises and colocation data centers, multiple public clouds and edge environments,” said Jeff Boudreau, president, Infrastructure Solutions Group, Dell Technologies. “We have the industry’s broadest technology portfolio, consistent tools, experience building open ecosystems and leading data storage capabilities, services and supply chain. All this uniquely positions Dell to help customers take control of their multi-cloud strategy.”

Integrating Data in Public Clouds

Photo Jeff Boudreau, president, Infrastructure Solutions Group, Dell Technologies
“Today’s multi-cloud reality is complex as data becomes more distributed across on-premises and colocation data centers, multiple public clouds and edge environments,” said Jeff Boudreau, president, Infrastructure Solutions Group, Dell Technologies.

According to a recent Forrester Consulting report commissioned by Dell Technologies, 83 percent of enterprises have adopted or plan to implement a multi-cloud strategy in the next 12 months. Dell’s new cloud management, storage, and security services let businesses manage, store, and safeguard data across numerous cloud platforms. With APEX services, businesses can bring the ease and agility of public cloud platforms to the location of their choosing, achieving multi-cloud by design rather than by default.

Creating an IT architecture that integrates data in public clouds with traditional data centers while taking full advantage of what’s going on at the edge is at the heart of Dell’s APEX products. What Dell is offering its clients is a significant step toward assisting them in managing and controlling data regardless of where it is located. It includes the following offerings:

  • APEX Multi-Cloud Data Services – File, block, object, and data protection services will be provided enabling simultaneous access to all major public clouds from a single data source. It will be integrated with the APEX Console, allowing businesses to link storage and data security to their favorite public clouds and services with ease. This can help users avoid vendor lock-in with public clouds, high egress costs, and the expense and danger of migrating data from one cloud to another.
  • APEX Backup Services – APEX Backup Services delivers end-to-end scalable, secured data protection with centralized monitoring and administration for SaaS apps, endpoints, and hybrid workloads, as data becomes increasingly difficult to safeguard as it increases across many clouds. This SaaS-based solution can be set up in minutes and scaled up and down as needed to keep up with rising workloads. With quick detection, rapid reaction, and expedited recovery, resilient security capabilities assist guard against threats.
  • Project Alpine – Dell is expanding its storage portfolio with Project Alpine, building on existing data protection cloud products, which secure approximately nine exabytes of client data in public clouds. Dell’s flagship block and file storage solutions’ software IP will be brought to prominent public clouds as part of this initiative. Clients will be able to purchase storage software as a managed service using current cloud credits, allowing them to benefit from a uniform storage experience across on-premises and public clouds, as well as the ability to effortlessly share data across various clouds.

New DevOps-Ready Platforms, Refreshed Developer Portal

Dell is increasing support for Kubernetes, building on collaborations with key cloud suppliers such as AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM/Red Hat, and VMware to offer a broad range of DevOps-ready systems. Dell’s increased support for Kubernetes includes the following:

  • Organizations may use Amazon EKS Anywhere on PowerFlex and PowerStore to conduct Kubernetes orchestration across public and private clouds
  • SUSE Rancher on VxRail enables multi-cluster, multi-cloud Kubernetes administration while allowing clients to pick their preferred cloud orchestration platform

In addition, Dell’s Developer site is being expanded to provide a one-stop shop for application developers and DevOps teams aiming to supply infrastructure as code. The site will give access to the most recent Dell APIs, SDKs, modules, and plug-ins on a continuous basis.

Dell APEX Solutions Availability

APEX Data Storage Services is expanding to 13 countries throughout Europe and Asia Pacific, as announced at Dell Technologies World 2021, allowing more enterprises to utilize Dell-managed enterprise storage As-a-Service. It’s also now available with colocation services through Equinix International Business Exchange data centers in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Australia, which helps eliminate data center maintenance, provides cloud connection, and simplifies and consolidates Dell billing.

APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud, which was first announced at VMworld, is now available in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. The product would deliver a Dell-managed platform for moving workloads across different cloud and edge environments in a safe and consistent manner.