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The Dell Cloud Advantage

February 17, 2020

With software and hardware development showing no signs of slowing down, modern IT infrastructures have become more powerful and flexible, yet, often more complex and challenging to manage. The challenge is, therefore, to provide all the benefits of new technology without creating an infrastructure that has an excessive resource or cost overhead. 

The solution: Cloud and Hybrid-Cloud.


What is the Dell Cloud?

The Dell Cloud provides a single operational hub, enabling the simplification of operations through a consistent management experience across all customer cloud environments. Customers then benefit from single-vendor support and the versatility and control of a fully integrated cloud platform. 

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has provided statistics to back up this approach. 

Companies who have embraced Hybrid-Cloud have seen a 28% increase in developer activity, while the IT management teams have become 44% more efficient with a 90% reduction in unplanned downtime.

These are significant numbers which will no doubt raise eyebrows - and so they should. IT teams can adapt quicker with faster server deployments, enabling more applications and additional features.

Cloud vs on-premise data centres

LAN3 is a ‘Cloud-First’ company, appreciating the increased level of manageability and flexibility Cloud offers. However, we also appreciate that 9 out of 10 cloud strategies include some form of on-premise data centre. The workhorses of the on-premise infrastructure are still the server, storage, and in the last few years, Hyper-converged infrastructure.

When LAN3 made the decision to extend the portfolio to include data centre, we had no intention of turning our backs on our cloud heritage. However, the cloud-ready Dell portfolio of servers, storage, and HCI was first and foremost on our mind.

The advantages of a Hybrid-Cloud strategy

Most companies will now have or are working towards a Hybrid-Cloud strategy, allowing for predictable lifecycle management and readiness for Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The scalability and flexibility of the hybrid approach give the infrastructure engineer the choice of where to run workloads while utilising on-premise solutions helps meet specific workload requirements and maintain control over your infrastructure. Meanwhile, cloud-ready servers ensure data mobility and consistent operation of critical workloads across the on-premise, Hybrid-Cloud or multi-cloud model.

  • As very few companies are looking to increase the numbers of engineers within the IT team, automating tasks and workloads is a necessity
  • Flexible operations provide agility to deliver a consistent experience to users while improving resource usage and uptime
  • Cloud-ready infrastructures also enable the IT team to secure and control the data and align compliance requirements. This inherent, extra security helps to protect businesses and cloud operations from the risks of malicious intrusion and loss with a managed, cyber-resilient on-premise infrastructure

So what was Dell’s reaction?

In February 2020, Dell rolled out a new subscription-based model for Hybrid-Cloud deployments, available with the Dell EMC VxRail. The new offering includes the hardware and software, as well as the services necessary for relatively quick deployments, such as support, deployment, and asset recovery services. 

LAN3 moving forward with Dell

For LAN3, partnering with Dell Technologies is very rewarding. There’s a cloud-managed solution for all aspects of the infrastructure stack, including networking, storage, compute, and virtualisation, and the Edge-to-Cloud coverage, along with exceptional support and flexible payment offerings, means LAN3 has the solution to drive business transformation.

Learn more about our partnership with Dell.


Written by Martin Jones