Dell Cloud Marketplace launches public Beta

November 5, 2014

Today at Dell world, we are rolling out the public beta of the Dell Cloud Marketplace.  The marketplace, which is targeted at both sys admins and developers, allows you to set-up, manage, monitor and pay for a variety of cloud services in a self-service model.

The IaaS platforms available at launch are provided by Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Joyent.  Cloud services partners include Docker for application development, Pertino for cloud networking and data management provided by Delphix.

Yesterday before the show kicked off I grabbed some time with the marketplace’s chief architect, Campbell McNeill to learn more.  Take a listen to what Campbell had to say:

Some of the ground Campbell covers:

  • What they learned from this summer’s private beta and how they have rearchitected the marketplace accordingly (focusing on control and governance and leveraging the features of the Enstratius acquisition).
  • A market place catalog where you can get apps running in Docker containers and then run them in the cloud of your choice.
  • Providing developers with agility while at the same time giving those tasked with security and compliance a governance control plane.
  • Sign up today and get $500 free credit and give us you thoughts and help us to further refine improve the marketplace.

Extra-credit reading

  • Dell Cloud Marketplace: Many Clouds, One Dashboard — InformationWeek
  • Dell launches into cloud brokerage market with Cloud Marketplace — ZDNet
  • Dell Tests Public Cloud Waters With Beta Marketplace Offering — CRN

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Dell Does Digital, unveils Digital Business Services line

November 5, 2014

Last year at Dell World we talked about our approach to Digital Transformation.  This year however we have put it front and center and the theme is woven throughout the show.

Today at Dell World, supporting this increased focus, Dell Services is unveiling a new dedicated service line called Digital Business Services (DBS).  This service line is focused on helping organizations better understand and serve their customers through digital technologies.

To get a better idea of what Digital Transformation is all about and how Dell can help customers with this transformation, check out this short video:

A little more digital detail

The new Dell Digital Business Services line includes both Digital Transformation Consulting as well as Digital Technology Services.  DBS leads with consulting to help companies determine their needs and then creates a tailored roadmap that leverages technologies such as analytics, mobile, social media and cloud as well as emerging trends like the Internet of Things.

The DBS team brings together best practices from Dell’s analytics, cloud and mobile solutions, IP from our end-to-end portfolio, partnerships as well as our learnings as an online and social pioneer.

If you’re interested in learning how Dell can help you adapt to a digital-first approach to better understand and serve your customers ping us here.

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Chatting with the leaders of Major League Hacking

October 27, 2014

The weekend before last, the Major League Hacking crew helped put on a hackathon at the University of Texas.  The event drew over 700 students organized into close to 100 teams.

Major League Hacking, which Dell helps power, is the official collegiate hackathon league and puts on more than 50 hackathons across the US, UK, and Canada per semester.

In advance of the event I got to have lunch with MLH’s commissioner, Mike Swift along with co-founder Jon Gottfried.  After we ate I grabbed some time with the duo to learn what MLH is all about.

Some of the ground Swift and Jon cover:

  • What is Major League Hacking and what’s a hackathon?
  • How did Dell get involved and what role did project Sputnik play?
  • How the U Penn hackathon beat out the triple deterrents of Valentines Day, the release of House of Cards and two feet of snow
  • MLH’s plans for global domination
  • The power of learning from fellow students and the community

Pau for now…


Bernard Golden: PaaS, Standards and Open Source

September 26, 2014

Last but not least in my series of four videos from the Cloud Standards Customer Council is an interview with Bernard Golden.  Bernard, who is the VP of strategy at ActiveState, provided an industry perspective talk entitled: What Should PaaS Standards Look Like.  Bernard then sat on the PaaS panel that followed.

I sat down with Bernard and he gave a quick overview of his talk as well as provided his thoughts on OpenStack and its need for focus.  Take a listen:

Extra-credit reading

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Azure architect talks about Kubernetes and the future of PaaS

September 24, 2014

Here is the third of four interviews that I conducted last week at the Cloud Standards Customer Council.  The theme of the conference was “preparing for the post-IaaS phase of cloud adoption” and there was quite a bit of talk around the role that PaaS would play in that future.

The last session of the morning, before we broke for lunch, was a panel centered around Current and Future PaaS Trends.   After the panel ended I sat down with panelist John Gossman, architect on Microsoft Azure.  John, an app developer by origin, focuses on the developer’s experience on the cloud.

Below John talks working with Google on Kubernetes and getting it to work on Azure as well as the potential future of PaaS as a runtime that sits on top of IaaS.

Stay tuned for my next post when I will conclude my mini series from the Cloud Standards Customer Council meeting with an interview with Bernard Golden.

Extra-credit reading

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The Future of PaaS, its “value proposition” and Docker

September 22, 2014

At last week’s Cloud Standards Customer Council held in Austin Texas, the first panel of the day dealt with “Current and Future PaaS Trends.”   The panel debated whether there should or could be a PaaS standard as well as what its future might look like.

One of the panelists was Diane Mueller, community manager of OpenShift Origin.  I grabbed some time with Diane after the panel and got her to share her thoughts on the viability of a PaaS standard and how she saw the technology evolving.

Stay tuned for two more posts from last week’s Cloud Standards Customer Council meeting and more PaaS prognostication.

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Preparing for the Post-IaaS world

September 18, 2014

Today I attended a day-long event put on here in Austin by the Cloud Standards Customer Council.  It was a packed agenda focused around the theme “preparing for the post-IaaS phase of cloud adoption.”

Craig Lowery, Sr Distinguished Engineer in Dell Software, chaired the event and gave the opening presentation.  I grabbed some time with Craig during the lunch break to get his thoughts on the event and have him hit the highlights of his presentation.

Take a listen.

Stay tuned next week for three more short interviews from the event around Docker, the future of PaaS and more.

Pau for now…


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