Dell drops open source clouds into UK channel

Dell has announceditsopen source cloud solution is to be made available through hosting providers and cloud resellers in the UK. The firm has teamed up with Ubuntu Linuxexperts Canonical to develop the platform, which is underpinned by Dell's PowerEdge C server lines, its own deployment and provisio

Dell has announced its open source cloud solution is to be made available through hosting providers and cloud resellers in the UK.

The firm has teamed up with Ubuntu Linux experts Canonical to develop the platform, which is underpinned by Dell's PowerEdge C server lines, its own deployment and provisioning software tool Crowbar, and an OpenStack reference architecture.

The platform has been available in the US for some months now, and its introduction to the UK, at the same time as Germany and China, marks its first expansion outside the American theatre.

Dell claimed that around 70% of companies it had been talking to were considering deploying open source clouds, and up to 40% of these would eventually go ahead and do so.

According to Dell EMEA director of next-generation computing, Andy Cash, the channel opportunity will come either from using OpenStack as the basis of the provider's own cloud services offering, or through deploying it themselves.

The solution itself will require a certain level of open source expertise, Cash added. "We are not intending to run these for people," he told reporters. 

"This is a great opportunity for enterprise customers who want to deploy their own private clouds with the same features and capabilities as public clouds," added Canonical's Martin Stadtler.

 

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