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Dude, Dell's in the Cloud Business

Dell Cloud takes VMware's vCloud Datacenter Services to its customers who want a piece of the cloud.

Dell is getting into the hybrid cloud business. At VMworld on Tuesday, the company announced that it's working with VMware and using VMware vCloud Datacenter Services to provide software, services and consulting on Dell hardware to enterprise customers who are looking to bring their services into private, public or hybrid clouds.

Dell Cloud will be available through three options. A public cloud option provides for cloud-based network and computing services from a secure Dell datacenter. A private cloud option provides for the same services as the public option, but with the cloud located either at VMware's or Dell's datacenter. The private option adds access to VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director, and Dell vStart, a set of virtual infrastructure services packaged on a Dell machine that's located and managed at a Dell datacenter.

The Dell Cloud hybrid option allows for scalability of physical and virtualized services, which includes VMware vCloud Connector, a vSphere plugin for managing vCloud-based VMs.

The program is currently in beta testing with customers, with general availability by the end of the year in the U.S., and global availability in 2012.

Noteworthy: Virtualization will come to Samsung devices. Specifically, Samsung's Galaxy S II phones and newer Galaxy Tabs will be able to connect to virtualized environments and be managed there through VMware Horizon Mobile, which was announced earlier this week. Management of those devices will be done through VMware View 5.

NetApp on Tuesday announced that NetApp customers can now use VMware vCenter and VMware vCloud Director to manage NetApp storage products and integrate that storage into virtualized environments.

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Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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