The CTO of the Dell EMC Converged Platforms & Solutions Division also stressed the continuing importance of their Nutanix partnership, emphasizing its centrality to Dell EMC’s growing relationship with Microsoft.
The new Atlantis integration with Citrix brings its VDI infrastructure directly into Citrix management interfaces, while the new partnering with Rancher Labs integrates Atlantis’ management interface with theirs to better manage containers.
Object storage vendor Scality believes the time is ripe to introduce its ATLAS Partner Program, designed to provide additional support to its channel of 25 partners, and to increase that number by selective recruitment.
The company has announced more details about its composable data fabric strategy, made possible by extending its StoreVirtual technology across all its form factors, to serve as the basis of its strategy for making software-defined ubiquitous in the date centre.
The two companies have been long-time partners around VDI, but this extension of their relationship makes a very low cost hyper-converged offering, which combines Atlantis’ hyper-converged infrastructure with the full Xen stack, available to any certified Citrix partner.
The enhancements to the HDS unified storage platform aimed at the enterprise and mid-market also now allow cloud tiering from the appliance itself, and new support for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes assists performance in virtualized environments.
Beefing up the offerings owned by organizations soon likely to be owned by Dell comes as no surprise, but the vendor also strongly restated its support for its Nutanix-based XC line, while beefing it up as well, and said it’s not going anywhere.
Dell has announced the availability of its 13th generation servers with significant upgrades due to Intel’s release of its new Broadwell CPUs. The company, has, however, added some of its enhancements at the same time.
The Toronto-based startup, which sells entirely through the channel, has created a three stage program to show potential customers who are educating themselves about software-defined storage how ioFABRIC’s differentiated solution for managed I/O allocation can meet their business needs
VxRail has the same concept as last year’s unsuccessful EMC first foray into hyperconverged, but is designed to be much more flexible and modular, and benefits greatly from an improved software stack. It will also be available through all EMC partners, not just ones certified on VCE.
The combination of the two companies give them what they believe are enormous synergies that can propel them to a leadership role in the hyperconverged space that neither company remotely aspired to when they were separate.
The program offers tiers for exclusive and non-exclusive partners, an Exclusivity Program rather than deal registration, and high margins. Their Canadian partners have not been very active in the recent past, but a drive in Canada to change that and expand the channel is forthcoming.