Dell Enhances Azure Hybrid Cloud with APEX Cloud Platform

Introducing the Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Microsoft Azure.

Today we’re pleased to announce the Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Microsoft Azure to accelerate customers’ time-to-value while eliminating complexity and boosting IT agility. Building on our decades-long partnership with Microsoft, this offer is the result of extensive engineering collaboration between Dell and Microsoft.  

The new Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Microsoft Azure leverages a common set of infrastructure building blocks, including our latest-generation servers and a common management and orchestration (M&O) framework. Our integration with Azure Arc provides centralized app, data, management and governance services for consistent management and governance across locations, even when those locations are in distributed edge locations across the globe. The Dell APEX Cloud for Microsoft Azure platform is available with both core and edge-optimized node configurations to help organizations efficiently drive innovation wherever – and everywhere – they need to.   

“Microsoft and Dell are simplifying hybrid cloud management with an integrated solution that gives customers consistent operations across the Azure public cloud and their on-premises and edge environments. Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Microsoft Azure provides native integration of Dell’s differentiated infrastructure platforms and management software with Azure Arc and Arc-enabled services like Azure Stack HCI and AKS for a unified experience from cloud to edge.” 

– Bernardo Caldas, Corporate Vice President, Azure Edge PM – Microsoft 

Bridge the Cloud Divide  

Dell APEX Cloud Platform Foundation Software provides unique integrations and intelligent automation for initial deployments and ongoing operations across the complete technology stack. Deep software integration with Microsoft tools like Azure Arc allows for the use of familiar tools and provides a unique, simple, consistent, centralized user experience for customers looking for a consistent experience to run their applications and data services across data center and edge. 

“Our mission is to empower organizations to deliver exceptional digital experiences for their employees and customers. As data becomes increasingly distributed, many of those experiences are powered by hybrid strategies. Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Microsoft Azure delivers deep integration and automation that will help us seamlessly manage our customers’ data and applications across on-premises and Microsoft Azure cloud environments. This development is perfectly aligned with our partner ecosystem strategy and our strong collaboration with Dell and Microsoft.” 

Miguel Alvarez, Chief Partner Officer – Orange Business 

Unleash Application Value 

In today’s fast-paced and competitive business environment, software and app development is central to an organization’s ability to generate revenue, improve the customer experience and reduce costs. Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Microsoft Azure empowers organizations to unleash application value and innovate faster by boosting DevOps productivity and IT agility with a responsive cloud-like operational model delivered on-premises via Azure Arc. Support for DevOps initiatives and Azure Kubernetes Service puts application modernization into overdrive. Azure Arc-enabled application and data services simplify application environments and enable greater developer productivity. Data center and edge-optimized node configurations with flexible compute, storage and GPU resources help customers address a broad set of workloads everywhere their apps and data need to reside. 

“We value our close integration with strategic alliance partners like Dell and Microsoft to deliver mission-critical services to our customers. We are seeing increased interest in the Distributed Cloud Market and are excited about the innovation from Dell and Microsoft in their new Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Microsoft Azure. Kyndryl is committed to utilizing the latest in industry technology innovations from our ecosystem of partners to deliver customer-focused solutions, across public and private cloud environments.”  

Kevin Powell, Vice President, Private Cloud Services – Kyndryl 

Harden Security and Governance  

The management, operations and governance capabilities delivered through Azure Arc empower businesses to innovate freely while mitigating potential risks by providing a centralized mechanism to increase how consistently security and compliance policies are applied across dispersed locations. Additionally, Dell takes a full-stack intrinsic approach to security when developing Dell APEX Cloud Platforms with sophisticated controls and multi-layer security capabilities built in to protect against threats. Advanced full-stack lifecycle management enabled by Dell APEX Cloud Platform Software ensures the environment always remains compliant and up to date with the latest security patches and updates. The platform’s cloud operational model and developer-friendly app and data services eliminate the need for IT teams to utilize insecure and non-compliant computing locations for development and test activities. 


The new Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Microsoft Azure enhances customers’ hybrid cloud experience and is ideal for application modernization, delivering faster time to value of Azure hybrid cloud with consistent operations and governance across on-premises data centers, edge locations and Azure public cloud. 

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Travis Vigil

About the Author: Travis Vigil

Travis Vigil is Senior Vice President leading Portfolio and Product Management for Dell’s Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG). He and his team are responsible for Dell’s Server, Storage, Data Protection, CI/HCI, Networking and Solutions businesses. He has over 20 years of Product Management, Marketing and Business Operations experience with technology companies including Intel and Dell. In previous roles at Dell, he served as Senior Vice President for Storage and Data Protection Product Management, and Senior Vice President for Business Operations focused on Dell’s Server, Storage and Networking Businesses. He has a B.S. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.