Photo - (From left) William Tan, head of Enterprise Solutions, Dell Malaysia; K.T Ong, General Manager, Commercial Business, Dell Malaysia; Wong Chee Voon, Managing Director, Peering One; and Michal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing & Operating Officer, Microsoft Malaysia.
Computer and IT service firm Dell has appointed Malaysia's cloud and datacentre services company Peering One as its first reseller in APJ (Asia Pacific including Japan) to offer Dell Hybrid Cloud System (DHCS) for Microsoft.
DHCS, which was developed in partnership with cloud and productivity giant Microsoft, will allow Malaysian companies to achieve operational hybrid cloud in under three hours, said the partners during the official signing in Kuala Lumpur.
"The challenges most customers face on their cloud journey are clear," said Mak Chin Wah, general manager, Enterprise Solutions, South Asia, Dell. "They tell us it's too complex, the cost-risk is too high, and control isn't transparent."
"All customers want is to simplify and accelerate their journey to the cloud, and that includes customers in Malaysia," said Mak. "Now they can - with a solution that will help enable a hybrid cloud strategy and remove many of the traditional barriers that customers face."
He said DHCS has been 'designed to break through the hybrid cloud adoption barriers of complexity, cost and control. Customers will be able to go from zero to operational hybrid cloud - having the flexibility of selecting their preferred cloud either on premise, hosted or public cloud; hosting and scaling cloud applications on demand as user or business needs change; and also enable customers to perform backup or disaster recovery to the cloud - all in under three hours.'
Mak said that according to a Dell worldwide poll of IT decision makers (ITDM), 9 in 10 say a hybrid cloud strategy was important to achieve a Future-Ready Enterprise. The Dell Global Technology Adoption Index (GTAI 2015) also revealed that 55 percent of organisations globally indicated use of more than one type of cloud. The GTAI 2015 also cited cost and security as the biggest barriers to adopting and implementing cloud, and complexity as the barrier most often associated with hybrid cloud.
Security, cost and complexity
Michal Golebiewski, chief marketing and operations officer, Microsoft Malaysia, said: "The availability of the Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft, featuring Microsoft Cloud Platform System Standard, will help enterprise customers in Malaysia move to the cloud in a way that makes sense for their business. We are delivering a solution that allows them to move workloads to the public cloud or keep it on premise - with ease."
"Through our partnership with Dell, we are delivering on that vision beyond the typical virtualisation integrated systems on the market today by providing Azure-consistent hybrid cloud services and a fast time-to-value to help customers enable their hybrid cloud strategy," said Golebiewski.
Peering One's managing director Wong Chee Voon agreed. "The feedback we have been getting from the market is that businesses are intrigued by the cloud, but are held back by concerns around data security, cost and the complexity in managing such an environment. For these customers, the Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft addresses the issues head on."
"Enterprises that should really consider a hybrid cloud approach include those with IT infrastructures that due for a refresh and are looking to offload capital expenditure investment or businesses that want the capability to easily manage workloads on both private and public clouds through one integrated system and where data sovereignty is paramount," said Wong.
The Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft has been built around CPS Standard, which combines an optimised Dell modular infrastructure with pre-configured Microsoft CPS software, including Microsoft's software stack and Azure Services for back-up, site recovery and operational insights.
The Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft offers:
- On-premise private cloud, with consistent Azure public cloud access in less than three hours, and minimized downtime with unified system updates that are non-disruptive, fully automated, dependency-aware and smart-sequenced.
- Unified, simplified private-with-public cloud management and consumption control across Windows Azure Pack (WAP), Azure and other cloud services.
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