Dell announces VMWare based cloud

Yesterday at VMWorld Dell announced its first public cloud offering. It will be based on VMware vCloud Datacenter Service and according to Dell’s press release, “it is is one of the first providers authorized” for this technology. The service will provide will provide Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for enterprise customers, hosting and outsourcing firms, system integrators and service providers. Dell is emphasizing its multi-layer enterprise security solution provided through the acquisition of SecureWorks and strategic partnerships with VMware and Trend Micro. The WSJ quoted Dell as committing to spend a billion this year building data centers for cloud services.

Dell really has no other choice in order to stay competitive with IBM and HP. And another vendor in the fray gives the IT manager more options and drives innovation and competition.

Separately, I noticed Michael Cote, who has help educate many through his IT Management and Cloud podcast, joined Dell a few weeks ago. I expect we will start seeing him blog on Dell’s DellintheClouds cloud evangelist portal.