Dell Technologies has introduced managed services for cyber recovery to an expanded APEX portfolio, supported by enhanced partnerships with Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Snowflake targeting public and multi-cloud environments.
Under the banner of Dell APEX Cyber Recovery Services, the move is the first in a series of new full-stack solutions set to be housed within the vendor’s as-a-service suite of products, with the aim of simplifying business recovery from cyber attacks.
Specifically, Dell will manage the “day-to-day” cyber recovery vault operations and assist with data recovery, backed by standardised configurations and expertise from nearly 2,000 isolated vault solutions deployed globally.
“APEX is where we continue to deliver simplicity, agility, and control for the multi-cloud world,” said Chuck Whitten, co-COO of Dell. “These services are fully integrated solutions managed by Dell across the life cycle and are designed to provide rapid time to value and on-demand scaling with the convenience of a subscription.”
Unveiled on the opening day of Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas, the launch provides “new options” for managed and public cloud cyber recovery offerings within multi-cloud environments. The solution is currently available in the US with broader availability in Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) planned for later this year.
“Businesses can feel confident in the ability to recover from a cyber attack and achieve more agility by offloading the day-to-day management of data protection, customers get resiliency through recovery operations from an isolated immutable and intelligent data vault,” Whitten added.
Dell’s increased focus on cyber security and managed services dovetails with evolving partner priorities on both sides of the Tasman, a bullseye shot which is widely expected to yield strong return on investment for the channel ecosystem.
According to EDGE Research -- commissioned by ARN and Reseller News and produced in partnership with Tech Research Asia (TRA) -- security ranks as the number one solution priority for local partners in 2022, ahead of managed services, digital transformation, customer experience and cloud migration.
In parallel, customers are increasing focus on improving security, governance and compliance with the majority of investment directed towards security -- both from an in-house and outsourcing perspective.
Customer requirements of the partner ecosystem are evolving also, with business understanding, deep skills in relevant solutions and the ability to provide “end-to-end” offerings now viewed as non-negotiable. Within this context, key strategic partner priorities are focused on attracting new customers, growing annuity revenue streams and talent recruitment / re-skilling.
Of note to the channel, 90 per cent of technology providers across A/NZ are committed to gaining more vendor certifications during the next six months, with 72 per cent acknowledging the importance of increased partner status with key vendors.
“Customers are navigating the cyber threat impacting their businesses every day, which encompasses a broad and complex spectrum of considerations,” said Shant Soghomonian, general manager of Channel A/NZ at Dell.
“From implementing strategies to protect their data, to ensuring resiliency in the instance of an attack, through to ensuring the right governance and risk mitigation strategy to meet government legislation requirements.”
According to Soghomonian, partners “play a critical role” in consulting and enabling customers to “design, build and implement” systems to address the modern cyber environment across A/NZ.
“Dell is enabling our partner ecosystem with industry leading technology products and solutions, that will provide cyber resiliency across data centres and multi-cloud environment, ensuring protection across their business,” he added.
Supporting such local data is a regional market which is expected to invest in excess of US$39 billion on security-related products and services by 2025.
According to IDC, key drivers include accelerated digitalisation, cloud migration, security transformation and increased cyber attacks, resulting in a forecasted compound annual growth rate of 14 per cent year-on-year.
Of note to the channel, services remained the largest technology group with more than 45 per cent of the market share in 2021 -- notably managed security services and consulting services which accounted for over 50 per cent of security services spending.
Next up is security hardware with network security, which is expected to continue to dominate the segment while security software will grow at 13.2 per cent over the forecast period, driven by endpoint security, identity and digital trust software solutions.
“Additional APEX solution services will be delivered this year, including high performance computing, machine learning, operations, VDI, and more,” Whitten outlined.
Partnering in public cloud
Such increased security focus has also been extended to data protection offerings for public cloud through strengthened alliances with Microsoft and AWS.
Notably, the release of Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for Microsoft Azure will aim to allow businesses opportunity to deploy an “isolated cyber vault” in the public cloud to help isolate data away from a ransomware attack.
Essentially built to reduce impact and collateral damage following a breach, the solution also provides “flexible recovery options” within the data centre, in a new Azure private network, or in an unaffected Azure environment.
Meanwhile, CyberSense for Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for AWS will allow organisations to use adaptive analytics, scan metadata and complete files, as well as implementing machine learning and forensic tools to "detect, diagnose and speed up" data recovery.
This also extends to monitoring files and databases to determine if a cyber attack has occurred alongside identifying the last known uncorrupted copy of data.
“Our customers want help reducing complexity and are seeking solutions that use a common approach to managing data wherever it lives -- from public clouds, to the data centre, to the edge,” Whitten added. “We are building a portfolio of software and services that simplifies on-premises and multi-cloud environments and offers.”
Delving deeper -- and building on the recent introduction of Project Alpine in January -- Dell is also ramping up storage capabilities to support hyperscalers through the provision of data mobility across on-premises and public cloud.
In short, businesses will be able to deploy Dell storage software and services to bolster protection levels while moving data to the cloud and leveraging cloud-based analytics services. Also, developers will have the ability to write applications once and deploy them anywhere to create a “consistent, cloud-native experience” across multiple public clouds.
Both Microsoft and AWS offerings will be globally available in the second half of 2022.
From a data standpoint, Dell shared plans to connect on-premises data from enterprise storage solutions with the Snowflake Data Cloud, billed as a “first-of-its-kind” collaboration in the market.
At the heart of the alliance is a joint commitment to provide increased flexibility operating in multi-cloud environments, as well as meeting data sovereignty requirements and better converting data into insights “wherever it resides”.
“This means our customers will be able to take advantage of new opportunities to get the most value from their data, including seamlessly duplicating their existing Dell on-premises object storage data onto Snowflake in the cloud for further analysis,” noted Adrian Iannessa, senior director of Technology A/NZ at Dell.
“In addition, for those customers in industries with specific regulatory and other requirements to keep their data in a private environment, they will have the flexibility to use Snowflake Data Cloud capabilities with their on-premises Dell object storage to ensure they remain compliant.”
As part of the agreement, both vendors will pursue product integrations and joint go-to-market efforts in the second half of 2022.
“Snowflake’s mission is to mobilise the world’s data by empowering organisations to eliminate silos and bring data together to unlock more value and deeper insights,” added Christian Kleinerman, senior vice president of Product at Snowflake.
“This collaboration with Dell will allow organisations to gain more value from their on-premises data while leveraging the performance and simplicity of Snowflake’s platform and the powerful collaboration capabilities of the Snowflake Data Cloud.”
James Henderson attended Dell Technologies World as a guest of Dell.