Unleash Multicloud Innovations with Dell APEX Platforms and PowerSwitch

Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat OpenShift with Dell PowerSwitch delivers an integrated multicloud operational experience.

Organizations are leveraging multicloud deployments for modern containerized apps to boost revenue, enhance efficiency and elevate user experiences. Multicloud has become a go-to choice for organizations, with Kubernetes at the forefront. Among organizations, 42% opt for Red Hat OpenShift to manage their containers.¹ Yet, multiple clouds can introduce complexity. Modern multicloud container setups demand consistent operations and robust automation for IT peace of mind, enabling a focus on delivering application value over infrastructure management.

The Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat OpenShift is a turnkey infrastructure jointly engineered with Red Hat to transform OpenShift deployments on-premises. With a bare metal implementation, the platform is designed to reduce cost and complexity of OpenShift deployments, while optimizing workload outcomes and enhancing security and governance.

Graphic illustrating benefits of Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat OpenShift.

Reduce cost and complexity. Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat OpenShift delivers everything you need to rapidly deploy and run Red Hat OpenShift on a turnkey, integrated bare metal infrastructure. The extensive automation enabled by the Dell APEX Cloud Platform Foundation Software slashes deployment time by over 90% while reducing time for complex lifecycle management tasks by up to 90%.² Further, we performed over 21,000 hours of interoperability testing for each major release, ensuring predictability and reliability.

Optimize workload outcomes. By optimizing delivery of OpenShift on-premises, the platform helps accelerate application modernization initiatives. Built on the next-generation Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell’s scalable, high-performance SDS, the platform delivers stringent SLAs for a broad range of modern mission-critical workloads. Further, with a universal storage layer between on-premises Dell APEX Cloud Platform and Dell’s APEX Storage for Public Cloud, the platform facilitates simpler movement of workloads across your IT estate.

Enhance security and governance. Based on the cyber-resilient foundation of next-generation PowerEdge nodes, the Dell APEX Cloud Platform accelerates Zero Trust adoption, while providing multi-layer security and governance capabilities built throughout the technology stack. Further, with a bare metal implementation, the platform enhances security by reducing potential attack surface.

Dell Networking for Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat OpenShift

The network considerations for Dell APEX Cloud Platform for OpenShift are no different than those of any enterprise IT infrastructure: availability, performance and scalability. Dell APEX Cloud Platform for OpenShift is manufactured in the factory per your purchase order and delivered to your data center ready for deployment. The overall solution has been tested with Dell PowerSwitch platforms. The nodes in the Dell APEX Cloud Platform for OpenShift can attach to Dell networking Top of Rack (ToR) switch. These meet the ACP for Red Hat OpenShift network functional requirements which, at a high level, include 25G / 100G NICs, LACP (802.3ad) support, MTU sizes of 1500 for management and 9000 for data, disabling option for IPv6 multicast snooping to ensure proper discovery of nodes and VLAN support tagged 3939 or Native 0 on management ports.

Diagram of components for Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat Open Shift.
APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat OpenShift – Fully Integrated Stack.

Put Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat OpenShift to Work for You

Having an end-to-end stack from Dell Technologies enables customers to build a cohesive and efficient IT infrastructure, allowing a greater focus on core business objectives rather than managing complex and disparate infrastructure components. Use testing on Dell for integrated networking, storage and compute solutions offers several key benefits, including:

    • Seamless integration of Dell networking with Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat OpenShift, which simplifies deployment, management and maintenance, reducing the risk of inter-operability issues.
    • Optimized and overall better system performance when Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat OpenShift is deployed with Dell Networking.
    • Single point of support across overall deployment which provides consistent service experience.
    • Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat OpenShift solution with Dell networking offers competitive pricing compared to standalone components from various vendors.
    • Reduced complexity and efficient management translate into lower operational expenses (OpEx).
    • Regular and seamless system updates across the ACP for OpenShift ecosystem.

Learn more about Dell APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat OpenShift and Dell Enterprise SONiC.

1 Red Hat “State of Kubernetes Security Report,” 2022.
2 Based on internal testing, August 2023 and September 2023.

About the Author: Divya Nigam

Divya Nigam is the Senior Product Line Manager in Dell Technologies Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG). He is responsible for Dell Technologies’ Integrated Data Center Networking and Storage solutions strategy. Apart from this, he is responsible for Dell’s Campus Networking business and 3rd party technology partnerships in Data Center space. Divya has more than 20 years of experience into Engineering, Product Strategy, Product Management, Go-to-Market Strategy, Delivery and Operations technology with brands like Cisco Systems, Tata Tele and Reliance. Divya holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications and an MBA in Finance and Supply Chain Strategy. He lives with his family in Bangalore, India