Props from GigaOm for Dell as Web outfitter

September 26, 2011

Dell has been working for the last four plus years outfitting the biggest of the big web superstars like Facebook and Microsoft Azure with infrastructure.   More recently we have been layering software  such as Hadoop, OpenStack and crowbar on top of  that infrastructure.  This has not gone unnoticed by web pub GigaOm:

Want to become the next Amazon Web Services or Facebook? Dell could have sold you the hardware all along, but now it has the software to make those servers and storage systems really hum.

They also made the following observation:

Because [Dell] doesn’t have a legacy [software] business to defend, it can blaze a completely new trail that has its trailhead where Oracle, IBM and HP leave off.

Letting customers focus on what matters most

Its a pretty exciting time to be at Dell as we continue to move up the stack outfitting web players big and small.  The idea is to get these players established and growing in an agile and elastic way so they can concentrate on serving customers rather than building out their underpinning software and systems.

Stay tuned for more!

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Pau for now…


A Quick Overview of Azure: What it is/Where its going

November 18, 2009

I’m currently in New York visiting customers and attending Interop/ Web 2.0.  While these two conferences have different session tracks their expos are co-located and attendees of either can visit the whole lot.   It was then in the Web 2.0 section earlier today where I met Keith Pijanowski, a Microsoft evangelist for Windows Azure.

Keith has been working with Azure the last year and half and telling customers how it can drive down costs and make their software development cycle more agile.  I got Keith to take a quick break from booth duty and explain it to me.  (I wanted to know what all those Dell servers were powering 🙂

Some of the topics Keith tackles

  • How it works: You develop on premise (the cloud environment is emulated on the developer’s desktop) and then upload your code to the cloud where you have all the services, resources and compute power  needed to run your app.  You then manage all your code and storage areas via a portal.
  • Yesterday’s official commercial launch— tech preview no more.
  • Azure is ready to use but Microsoft wont charge for another 2 mos.  The last free month the customer will get a bill of what it would cost if they had had to pay.
  • What’s coming to Azure in the future, some examples:
    • Right now you have SQL Azure database in the cloud but they will build out the SQL Azure brand  so that it has many of the same capabilities that customers are used to on premise.
    • When .net 4.0 becomes available they will have a work flow service
    • Will have synchronization services (SQL Azure sync) so customers can have a database in the cloud and one on premise and sync them.

Pau for now…


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