Thursday, October 19, 2017

NTT, Dell EMC team up for Microsoft Azure application testing lab

PoC is first being rolled out in Europe with customers now able to buy dedicated server hardware from Dell.

NTT Group’s (TYO: 9432) subsidiary NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) has partnered with Dell EMC to provide a Microsoft Azure application Proof of Concept (PoC) lab for non-production virtual workloads at limited scale.

The lab has been firstly launched for European customers use to test applications on Azure Stack running on a single node server in one of NTT Com’s data centres.

Azure Stack has also been made available to order on dedicated server hardware from Dell.

Access to the PoC is subject to a fee, however, NTT said the cost of the PoC is fully refunded if the customer opts to take out a managed Azure Stack solution from NTT Com.

Jay Snyder, Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, Dell EMC, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with NTT Communications to provide a powerful application testing facility focused on the Azure Stack. These capabilities will enable customers the ability to migrate existing applications efficiently as they establish their long-term strategy for hybrid cloud.”

Roger Vilà, SVP Enterprise Services at NTT Europe, said: “We are pleased to have joined forces with Dell EMC to provide our customers with an Azure application testing platform to ease Azure Stack deployment.

“Azure Stack is the backbone of Microsoft’s new Cloud strategy. By utilizing this PoC facility, organizations can help ensure they are harnessing all of the power offered by Microsoft cloud and unify the disparate systems that may be running across their business effectively from the onset.”