Many business and technology leaders are evaluating or expanding their use of public clouds to meet complex requirements quickly and flexibly. To experience the full potential of cloud computing, decision makers need to ensure interoperability across platforms and models, along with a cohesive way to manage it all. In addition, they need the ability to compare the cost-benefits of cloud computing alternatives to their current IT environments — for example, evaluating cloud economics and workload performance.

Dell Cloud On Demand delivers public cloud computing from a variety of vendors through the Dell Cloud Partner Program, allowing enterprises the flexibility to select the right cloud for their specific needs. Enterprises also gain the added benefit of having Dell serve as the single-source supplier, offering centralized integration, control and support, as well as freedom from lock-in to a single cloud platform or pricing model.

The partners featured here demonstrate how they work with Dell to help organizations tap into the cloud’s potential to transform their business. These partnerships deliver a broad range of alternatives to help IT leaders capitalize on the immense business value of cloud computing.

CenturyLink: All-in-one public cloud

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The third-largest telecommunications company in the United States, CenturyLink is recognized as a global leader in network services, cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises. Through the Dell Cloud Partner Program, CenturyLink offers the CenturyLink® Cloud, an all-in-one, self-service public cloud platform. CenturyLink Cloud provides multi-tenant infrastructure as a service (IaaS) designed for complex, enterprise-grade workloads that benefit from best-of-breed resiliency and redundancy.

CenturyLink Cloud compute, storage and networking services can be deployed across the company’s global data center footprint. Each service is accessible through a web services application programming interface (API) and a unified management interface that includes significant automation and orchestration features specifically for CenturyLink Cloud. A platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering based on the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform and Iron Foundry is also available.

“Companies want to take the complexity out of deploying and maintaining cloud infrastructures so they can focus on running their business,” said Suku Krishnaraj, vice president and general manager of cloud at CenturyLink’s Savvis organization. “Our partnership with Dell allows businesses to run the simplest workload to the most complex, demanding application on public cloud environments with ease and confidence to quickly and consistently achieve measurable business results.”

Windows Azure: Open, flexible platform

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Microsoft’s leading software, services and solutions are designed to help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft and Dell have built on their strategic alliance to deliver the Windows Azure platform to organizations worldwide through the Dell Cloud Partner Program.

Windows Azure is a flexible, scalable cloud platform designed to provide an open, usable set of services for building and running any application in the cloud. Windows Azure offers developers the flexibility to move existing workloads or create applications using their preferred language and platform. Organizations can use Windows Azure in their own data centers, in Microsoft’s globally distributed data centers or a combination of both.

Because unified management is critical in cloud environments, Dell Cloud Manager supports Windows Azure Compute, as well as Windows Azure Storage. Dell Cloud Manager is a cloud infrastructure management tool for deploying and managing applications and the consumption of cloud services.

“Strengthening our relationship with Dell for Windows Azure adds new opportunities for businesses to quickly and easily build, deploy and manage applications across public cloud environments,” says Garth Fort, general manager of server and tools marketing at Microsoft. “This relationship will give additional tools to organizations of all sizes and help them turn the cloud into a focused, competitive advantage.”

Google: Tools for modern applications

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Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world.

Dell expects to offer Google® Cloud Platform technology and compute, storage and application services to developers and organizations worldwide through the Dell Cloud Partner Program in 2014. Google Cloud Platform gives developers the flexibility to architect applications with both managed and unmanaged services that run on Google’s infrastructure. With access to the Google Compute Engine IaaS, the App Engine PaaS, storage and APIs, developers and businesses can easily build, test and deploy a wide variety of robust applications into a highly scalable public cloud environment.

The agreement enables Dell and Google to introduce cloud innovations into the market, making it easy for organizations across all industries to leverage cloud solutions. “Combining over 15 years of technical innovation and data center expertise at Google with Dell’s business and integration solutions will enable new ways for customers to take advantage of the benefits of cloud,” said Shailesh Rao, head of Google Cloud Platform at Google.

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