Dell EMC Launches Microsoft Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud Platform

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Dell EMC announced the launch of its Microsoft Azure Stack turnkey hybrid cloud platform on Thursday.

The platform runs on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with Dell EMC Networking, and allows fast application development and deployment with a consistent programming service between Azure and Azure Stack, according to the announcement. It integrates with Dell EMC’s other services, such as backup and encryption, and also extends its adoption of Pivotal Cloud Foundry for Azure to Azure Stack.

Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack is expected to be available direct and through the channel in the second half of 2017.

See also: Azure Stack Hopes to Succeed Where Private Clouds Fail

“Cloud is an operating model, not a place, and adopting a hybrid model has become the clear choice,” Peter Cutts, senior vice president, Hybrid Cloud Platforms, Dell EMC said in a statement. “Making hybrid cloud platforms simple and turnkey enables businesses to rapidly develop and deploy new applications, optimize resources, control costs and deliver the best possible customer experiences.”

Dell EMC had $5.7 billion in revenue and a 17.7 percent market share in 2016, according to IDC’s The Power of Hybrid Cloud white paper. It shows that over half of organizations with 1,000 or more employees currently use both public and private cloud infrastructure resources, and a further 29 percent plan to do so within the next two years.

Total cost of ownership is the top driver in choosing private cloud, according to IDC, followed by security and operational flexibility.

Managing hybrid clouds causes headaches for many organizations, according to a recent report from Dimension Data, but companies are split on how to deal with the challenge.

Dell EMC agreed to sell app backup SaaS business Spanning to Insight Venture Partners in April.

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