More Clouds, No Problem: Simplifying Your Multi-Cloud World

Today’s APEX and multi-cloud announcements simplify IT complexity and extend our ecosystem so you can unlock the power of multi-cloud.

With data and applications spread across multiple data centers, co-location facilities, public clouds, and increasingly, at the edge, the current IT landscape is more challenging than ever. Customers want the ease and agility of the cloud experience and they want that experience everywhere they operate, not just in the public cloud. For decades, organizations have trusted Dell with their most important assets—the infrastructure that runs their businesses—and we know how transformative the right solutions can be in the hands of IT. That’s why we’re taking the complexity out of multi-cloud and delivering a seamless cloud experience wherever apps or data reside.

Today at Dell Technologies World, we’re sharing more on a portfolio of software and services we’re developing to help customers do exactly that. This includes solutions that simplify complexity across platforms and locations alongside a multi-cloud ecosystem to give organizations freedom of choice so they can unlock the true potential of multi-cloud. Today’s announcements include:

    • APEX Cyber Recovery Services
    • Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for Microsoft Azure
    • CyberSense for Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for AWS
    • Project Alpine
    • A new collaboration with Snowflake

Here’s more on what these announcements mean.

Simplifying Complexity Across Platforms and Locations

Our customers have said they want access to the solutions they need, wherever they need them, so they can simplify IT and extend existing investments and skillsets. As a result, we’re bringing our industry-leading software to major public cloud providers, giving customers access to Dell Technologies best-of-breed storage innovation wherever they need it, and bringing simplified cloud experiences across our industry-leading Dell Technologies portfolio—managed as-a-Service with APEX—so organizations can increase agility and control to achieve better outcomes faster.

Bringing Managed Workload Solutions to APEX, Starting with APEX Cyber Recovery Services

For many organizations, the shift to as-a-service and cloud consumption models has made it more complex than ever to keep critical business data secure. At the same time, organizations are grappling with an ever-evolving threat landscape and attacks that only increase in sophistication. In fact, according to a recent Gartner® report, global information security and risk management end user spending will reach around $168 billion in 2022, up over $13 billion from 2021.¹ Organizations need solutions that can help them reduce this operational complexity while taking advantage of a skilled workforce with decades of industry-leading experience.

That’s why we’re extending our APEX portfolio to now include managed workload solutions to help customers achieve the outcomes they want. The first of these solutions, with more to come, is APEX Cyber Recovery Services, which isolates critical data from security threats and helps organizations quickly resume normal operations after a cyberattack.

With APEX Cyber Recovery Services, we’re taking what we’ve learned from deploying more than 1,900 isolated vault solutions globally and delivering that expertise as-a-Service to customers so they can more effectively recover from a cyberattack. We help customers identify which data to protect in the vault, manage day-to-day cyber recovery vault operations for them, and assist with recovery activities should an incident occur. All customers need to do is choose a recovery service level and the initial vault capacity and Dell takes care of the rest. This simplifies operations, speeds recovery after a cyberattack and offers customers valuable peace of mind.

Read more: Mind the Gap: Protect Your Business Against Ransomware

Building a Better Multi-cloud Data Experience with Project Alpine

In January, we first shared how organizations create a better multi-cloud data experience with Project Alpine, which brings our advanced block, file and object storage software capabilities to public clouds such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. This week at Dell Technologies World, we’re building on that announcement and showing our rapid progress by previewing software based on Dell’s flagship storage platforms—PowerStore, PowerFlex, PowerScale and ObjectScale—running in public clouds.

Project Alpine provides a glimpse of what’s possible when you bring enterprise class data services into the public cloud. Organizations will be able to take advantage of multi-cloud and public cloud use cases such as cloud bursting, test and development, data and/or container mobility as well as cloud-based data analytics at scale. For instance, a customer could develop their applications once and deploy them anywhere they want to create a consistent, cloud experience for applications across multiple public clouds. With Project Alpine, customers will get additional consistency, control, and choice in designing a multi-cloud data strategy that works for them. This builds on best-in-class solutions like our Data Protection portfolio that already supports more than 1,000 customers and over 10 exabytes of storage across public cloud providers. Project Alpine will extend that knowledge and expertise to our storage software intellectual property running in public clouds.

Read more: Coming Soon to Your Cloud: Project Alpine Tech Preview

Delivering a Multi-cloud Ecosystem

Customers have told us that to unlock the true potential of multi-cloud, they need open ecosystems that give them flexibility and choice. Throughout our history, we’ve been strong champions of open ecosystems—we’ve done this time and again across our business, from PCs to servers to storage. We want to do the same for multi-cloud. We’ve already partnered with leading public clouds and cloud stack vendors to bring customers an extensive and diverse partner community that works together on behalf of the customer, and today we’re expanding those offerings.

Bringing Multi-Cloud Cyber Recovery and Data Storage Services to Public Clouds

Resiliency is a top concern for any organization regardless of the location of their IT environment. That’s why we’re expanding our cyber-recovery offerings so organizations can increase cyber-resiliency in the public cloud.

PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for Microsoft Azure lets organizations deploy an isolated cyber vault in the public cloud so they can securely protect and isolate data away from a ransomware attack. If an attack occurs, it provides flexible recovery options, including recovery within the data center, a new Azure private network or an Azure environment not impacted by the cyberattack to best support an organization’s needs.

We’re also expanding our work with AWS with CyberSense for Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for AWS. To stay ahead of the rapidly-evolving threat landscape, organizations need ways to validate their critical data and ensure it is not corrupted. With CyberSense, organizations can use adaptive analytics, machine learning and forensic tools to detect, diagnose and speed data recovery. CyberSense monitors files and databases, analyzing data integrity to determine with up to 99.5% confidence² whether data corruption has occurred. This means organizations can feel confident they can quickly recover to their last validated backup should an incident occur, and the validation CyberSense provides can provide a last line of defense in detecting an attack in progress.

Unlocking Cloud-Based Data Analytics with Snowflake

Customers rely on advanced data analytics platforms to turn their data into insights and they increasingly want solutions that help them do it, no matter where their data resides. Today we’re announcing we’re working with Snowflake to help customers do exactly that. We’re connecting Snowflake Data Cloud to data stored on Dell ECS, enabling customers to perform analytics against their object storage data on-premises or by copying it to public clouds. This means customers will get flexibility and choice in how they store data and turn it into insights. This agreement is another example of how we’re constantly expanding our multi-cloud ecosystem, making it easier for customers to connect, share and innovate with data.

Read more: Dell Technologies and Snowflake to Help Organizations Simplify Data Access and Accelerate Insights

Giving Organizations the Multi-cloud Agility, Simplicity and Control They Need in their IT Environments

Today’s announcements are just a few ways we’re helping customers simplify the multi-cloud experience and take advantage of an open ecosystem to tap best-of-breed solutions and innovate. To learn more, tune in to our keynotes and online sessions at Dell Technologies World 2022, available live or on demand—registration for the digital broadcast is free.

¹ Gartner Forecast: Information Security and Risk Management, Worldwide, 2020-2026, 1Q22 Update, Shailendra Upadhyay, Mark Driver, 30 March, 2022. GARTNER is the registered trademark and service mark of Gartner Inc., and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and has been used herein with permission. All rights reserved.

² Based on Dell Technologies analysis, January 2020. Actual results may vary. See full whitepaper.

Sam Grocott

About the Author: Sam Grocott

Sam Grocott is the Senior Vice President of Product Marketing at Dell Technologies. He leads the marketing activities for all infrastructure and client solutions and the services portfolio, including critical GTM activities across the portfolio, such as AI, APEX & Multicloud, Edge, Telecom, portfolio marketing and competitive intelligence. Sam began his career at Isilon Systems in 2001, where he led product management and helped launch Isilon's first products in 2003. After EMC acquired Isilon in 2010, Sam headed the marketing and product management team that delivered the market-leading scale-out NAS offering. When Dell acquired EMC in 2016, Sam's role expanded to cover the Dell Infrastructure Solutions portfolio for Marketing. The organization evolved to represent the entire Dell Technologies portfolio a few years later.