Dell Technologies Unveils Autonomous Infrastructure with Dell EMC PowerOne

Dell Technologies Hong Kong 2019-12-19

News summary
       •  Dell EMC PowerOne self-driving infrastructure with built-in intelligence can automate thousands of tasks and deliver ready-to-run resources in a few clicks, shifting IT staff from routine to strategic objectives
       •  All-in-one system automates Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, PowerSwitch networking PowerMax storage and options for PowerProtect data protection that is deployed, managed and maintained holistically
       •  Supported by Dell Technologies on Demand with a portfolio of flexible payment options, supports acquisition of system capabilities as needed to balance CAPEX and OPEX
       •  Joins the Dell Technologies Cloud portfolio of infrastructure offerings to help customers simplify their path to a hybrid cloud

Full story
Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) announces Dell EMC PowerOne autonomous infrastructure to make deploying, managing and consuming IT easier for organizations. PowerOne combines PowerEdge compute, PowerMax storage, PowerSwitch networking, VMware virtualization and options for PowerProtect data protection all designed with built-in intelligence to automate thousands of manual steps over the life of the all-in-one system.

"PowerOne's self-driving infrastructure automates IT, so customers can focus less on managing technology and more on benefiting from it," said Jeff Boudreau, president, Dell Technologies Infrastructure Solutions Group. "As we look to the future, PowerOne offers a tremendous leap forward. It helps customers focus on unleashing the power of data, allowing IT teams to innovate and achieve business goals faster."

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Dell EMC PowerOne

PowerOne autonomous infrastructure empowers users to focus on outcomes
At the heart of PowerOne's autonomous operations is a built-in, advanced automation engine. PowerOne empowers users to focus on their business, whether that means deploying workloads, applications, or developing new products and services. Much like lane assist, navigation and other features in autonomous vehicles, the vehicle does most operations on its own while the passenger must let the car know the desired destination. PowerOne's advanced automation allows administrators to state a desired business outcome – and the system calculates the best way to do the rest.

The automation engine takes advantage of a Kubernetes microservices architecture and uses Ansible workflows to assist users by automating the component configuration and provisioning, delivering a customer-managed datacenter-as-a-service.

PowerOne provides a single system-level application programming interface (API), giving users the control to create business objective-specific pools of resources. This API can be tied into existing tools, such as service portals, to deliver programmable versus manual IT operations. This is known as Infrastructure as Code - virtually eliminating the need to log in to individual component management systems. With PowerOne, organizations can create workload-ready VMware clusters in only a few clicks.

Examples of PowerOne autonomous benefits include:
       •  Launch Assist speeds installation and configuration using built-in workflows based on VMware Validated Designs and Dell EMC best practices. PowerOne helps save time by automating the installation and configuration of hardware and VMware clusters.
       •  Lifecycle Assist reduces infrastructure risk by simplifying daily operations and life cycle management with automated modular system updates and validation, continually ensuring the correct hardware and firmware settings.
       •  Expansion Assist matches infrastructure with business needs by adding, removing or reassigning capacity and resources through automated provisioning and scaling features. Customers can more easily align operations with business requirements.

All-in-One System delivers the power of Dell Technologies
Dell EMC PowerOne delivers the services, security and resiliency required by mission critical and emerging artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications while providing easy integration into cloud management toolsets, such as VMware vRealize.

Dell EMC PowerOne components include:
       •  PowerOne Controller: This onboard appliance is the automation engine. It uses a Kubernetes microservices architecture and Ansible workflows to automate the configuration, provisioning and lifecycle management of the components.
       •  PowerEdge MX:  This modular server's unique, no-mid-plane design enables PowerEdge MX to support multiple generations of technology releases, such as microprocessors, new storage types and new connectivity innovation, well into the future. PowerOne automates this kinetic infrastructure, assigning resources as required to deliver a truly dynamic compute experience that scales according to need.
       •  PowerSwitch: Dell EMC switches power some of the largest web-scale environments in the world and offer users a choice of operating systems to best fit their requirements. PowerOne reduces complexity by abstracting and automating the switch hardware so that the virtual network is automatically provisioned for VMware workloads.
       •  PowerMax: The world's fastest storage array delivers performance without complexity through a combination of powerful architecture, simple operations, and trusted innovation. For added simplicity and to speed operations, PowerOne automates the entire storage provisioning and zoning process and dynamically expands new cluster groups when it detects new resources.
       •  PowerProtect: To safeguard the data's value, PowerOne also can benefit from the full PowerProtect data protection portfolio to address ever-changing growth and governance requirements. This offers cloud-enabled protection storage, integrated appliances and software-defined solutions.

To help organizations realize production benefits even more quickly, Dell Technologies Services offers ProConsult advisory and migration services, ProDeploy onsite experts to accelerate adoption, and ProSupport Plus for ongoing support with a single point of contact.

Joining the Dell Technologies Cloud family as a Validated Design, Dell EMC PowerOne helps customers to simplify their path to hybrid cloud by combining the power of Dell EMC infrastructure with VMware cloud software. This helps remove the complexity of managing multiple clouds by bringing consistent infrastructure and operations across private clouds, public clouds, and edge locations.

Dell EMC PowerOne flexible consumption offers on-premises infrastructure, on-demand
Modern workloads need the ability to scale on-demand to meet changing business requirements. Dell EMC PowerOne autonomous infrastructure is available through today's newly announced Dell Technologies on Demand, empowering customers and channel partners to do business in ways that make sense for them. Dell Technologies on Demand delivers hybrid cloud agility with the control, performance and assurance of on-premises infrastructure. Customers only pay for what they use when they use it – just like a service. This makes it easier for organizations to plan, budget, deploy and manage the entire IT lifecycle.

With Dell Technologies on Demand, businesses can choose between several flexible pay-per-use options, along with global support, deployment, and managed services, all designed to simplify and reduce the management of on-premises IT. This gives customers the freedom to shift IT infrastructure spending from one-time capital expenses to ongoing operational expenses in a predictable and sensible way.

Availability
Dell EMC PowerOne is orderable now and will begin shipping worldwide November 22, 2019.

Analyst quote
Eric Sheppard, Research VP, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies, IDC
"The value of IT has shifted dramatically for organizations around the world. IT infrastructure is now viewed as a driver of critical business outcomes rather than a static set of assets requiring innumerable hours of management. Dell EMC has clearly designed PowerOne for such a world by offering mission critical infrastructure that is capable of providing genuine autonomous IT operations."

Partner quote
Stephen Ayoub, CEO, Data Blue
"Our customers want to eliminate as much complexity as possible so they can be both more strategic and efficient. With PowerOne, they can devote every minute saved on routine maintenance to their critical transformation initiatives such as deploying new workloads, developing applications or rolling out new services. That's a much better use of their time."

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