Dell Inc., a multinational information technology firm based in Round Rock, Texas, has announced that it is undertaking a global data center build-out to accommodate the growing demand for secure, cloud computing services.
According to officials from Dell, one of the largest technological corporations in the world, employing more than 96,000 people worldwide, the company is building data centers in ten different countries. The plan was launched, they say, in response to customers that want to take advantage of the economics of the public cloud.
Dell says that while its clients are interested in public clouds, they are demanding assurances of privacy and security. This, official say, is what Dell intends to offer through its new worldwide initiative.
A public cloud is a public web service that allows customers to build, test, host, and scale applications. A private cloud mimics this setup, but behind a secure firewall.
Dell says that it will offer a public "platform cloud," which is based on the Azure appliance that it is building in tandem with Microsoft. The company will also offer a second cloud based on OpenStack, the open source "infrastructure cloud" platform founded by Rackspace and NASA. The infrastructure cloud will provide users with online access to raw computing resources, including processing power and storage.
It is expected that the company's new data centers will use the modular design popularized by Google and Microsoft, moving away from smaller distributed data centers to larger, more efficient ones with multi-tenant type capabilities.
Dell currently runs 36 data centers around the world, offering traditional software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications for more than 10,000 of its customers.
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