Dell Technologies: Cloud Storage Portfolio Review

Dell Technologies offers flexible storage service options that are manageable and can integrate with public and private cloud infrastructure. The cloud storage services help businesses to meet their demands for a variety of workloads with independent scaling of storage and compute resources.

Dell Cloud, jointly engineered with VMware and built on VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), is intended to make hybrid cloud environments easier to deploy and manage for edge locations. The cloud delivers validated designs that offer storage along with computing and networking solutions, which are pretested and validated to work with VCF.

Dell Technologies is a leading cloud services provider that offers cloud storage to enable a path to hybrid cloud deployment. It provides several cloud-enabled solutions to modernize current IT operations, such as Cloud Data Protection, Unity Cloud Edition, and Cloud Tiering Appliance.

See below to learn all about Dell Technologies’ cloud storage offerings:

Dell and the cloud storage Market

The global cloud storage market value was worth $70.19 billion in 2021, and it is expected to be worth $376.37 billion by 2029, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.% from 2022 to 2029.

Dell is a market leader in terms of generating revenue on cloud infrastructure. Infrastructure Solutions Group revenue was $9.2 billion for Q4 2021, an 3% increase year over year. In addition, storage revenue was $4.5 billion, while servers and networking revenue were $4.7 billion, an 7% increase of 7% year over year. 

“Fiscal 2022 was the best year in Dell Technologies history,” said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman and co-chief operating officer at Dell Technologies.

“We reached more than $100 billion in revenue and grew 17% — a huge achievement and ahead of our long-term growth targets.”

Key Dell cloud storage features

Dell cloud storage offers services designed to reduce the total cost of ownership. The capabilities help customers boost efficiency and scalability throughout cloud infrastructure and focus on their business goals with tension-free cloud storage services.

APEX Data Storage Services

APEX Data Storage Services is an elastic storage resource designed for 99.9999% availability and especially for OpEx2 treatment. It is an as-a-service model that simplifies the storage process, enabling oversight of storage resources, while freeing from the burden of day-to-day maintenance and administrative tasks.

Moreover, APEX Data Storage Services help to remove complexity, respond to changing business requirements, and reduce risk with flexible storage services.

Cloud data protection

Dell multicloud data protection and backup solutions enable the protection and resiliency of critical workloads and data. The solutions rely on proven multicloud data protection to rapidly recover from any data loss events, unplanned downtime, or cyberattacks. Users can deploy and scale Dell public cloud data protection from anywhere.

VMware Cloud on Dell EMC

Dell cloud storage with VMware Cloud offers a fully managed, subscription-based on-premises cloud solution. The solution combines the latest VMware Cloud infrastructure software with Dell EMC VxRail hardware to simplify IT infrastructure. This solution also gives organizations greater control of their workloads and is optimized for advanced and distributed VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) workloads.

Dell cloud storage use cases

Dell hybrid cloud storage solutions are designed to deliver greater application and data portability to move workloads to the cloud resources that can best improve performance and reduce costs.

“GraceKennedy’s vision is to deliver long term consumer and shareholder value, through brand building and world-class solutions in food and financial services. An industry leading IT strategy to deliver these services via cloud architectures is paramount. The integration between Dell EMC VxRail and the VMware Cloud stack, provides a roadmap for GraceKennedy to optimally run our business-critical applications in private and public environments.” -Nicole Case, CIO, GraceKennedy Financial Group

“APEX Multi-Cloud Data Services Lets our customers implement their big data (e-discovery) applications with the scalability of the cloud, the performance of on-premises infrastructure, at a very attractive cost.” -Jordan McQuown, CTO, George Jon, Inc.

“Organizations around the globe are increasingly using multiple cloud approaches as part of their environments — from private clouds in data centers, and increasingly at the edge, to multiple public clouds. While the goal is to simplify IT, operating in many cloud environments ends up consuming time and adding complexity. By enabling consistent operations and infrastructure with a hybrid cloud across on-premises and public cloud with VMware and Dell EMC, the combined Dell Technologies Cloud approach can help alleviate much of the burden on organizations by delivering a seamless experience.” -Michelle Bailey, group VP and GM and IDC Research Fellow, cloud and data center Services, IDC

User reviews of Dell cloud storage 

Dell cloud storage receives mostly positive reviews from several user review sites. According to PeerSpot, users rate Dell ECS at 4.8 out of 5.. And users at G2 rate Dell EMC Flash Storage at 4.6 out of 5.

Users at Gartner Peer Reviews rate Dell EMC ECS at 4.4 out of 5, with an 80% recommendation score. In addition, Dell cloud storage is rated well in several customer experience categories:

  • Evaluation and contracting: 4.3 out of 5
  • Integration and deployment: 4.3 out of 5
  • Service and support: 4.3 out of 5
  • Product capabilities: 4.4 out of 5

Dell cloud storage pricing

Dell cloud storage solutions offer scalable and resilient cloud data storage with a cost-effective pricing model for cloud infrastructure management. Dell cloud provides cloud-as-a-service options, and the pricing model is based on a pay-as-you-use model. And Dell Technologies offers a range of pricing and performance options for APEX Data Storage Services and APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud:

APEX Data Storage Services for block data service

  • Capacity Optimized pricing starts at $5,585 per month and $0.0545 per GB
  • Balanced pricing starts at $6,614 per month and $0.0646 per GB
  • Performance-Optimized pricing starts at $9,044 per month and $0.0883 per GB

APEX Data Storage Services for file data service

  • Capacity Optimized pricing starts at $3,906 per month and $0.0191 per GB
  • Balanced pricing starts at $7,272 per month and $0.0355 per GB
  • Performance-Optimized pricing starts at $15,917 per month and $0.0777 per GB

APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud

  • Compute Optimized pricing starts at $5,885 per month
  • General Purpose pricing starts at $6,671 per month
  • Memory Optimized pricing starts at $9,844 per month
  • Large Scale Memory pricing starts at $11,042 per month

The price model estimates are based on current pricing, subject to change, and do not include taxes. The actual fees may vary, depending on service options, subscription terms, location, and other factors. 

Al Mahmud Al Mamun
Al Mahmud Al Mamun
Al Mahmud Al Mamun is a writer for TechnologyAdvice. He earned his B.S. in computer science and engineering from Prime University, Bangladesh. He attained more than 25 diploma courses and 100 certificate courses. His expertise and research interests include artificial intelligence (AI), artificial neural networks, and convolutional neural networks.

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