PowerFlex is a software-defined infrastructure that is designed to reduce operational and infrastructure complexity empowering organizations to move faster by delivering flexibility, elasticity, and simplicity with predictable performance and resiliency at scale. PowerFlex offers the following flexible deployment options – integrated rack, appliance, or custom nodes - that enables two-layer (compute and server SAN), single-layer (HCI), and/or storage-only architectures. PowerFlex is ideal for high-performance applications and databases, building an agile private cloud, or consolidating resources in heterogeneous environments.
Containers help lower the barrier of entry to develop microservice-based applications and enables developers to spend less time worrying about runtimes, dependencies, and differences between test, development, and production environments and more time innovating to meet the demands of current dynamic business environment. Container Orchestrators like Kubernetes make running containers at production scale possible by handling the complexity of managing hundreds or thousands of containers at any given time.
PowerFlex offers Container Storage Interface (CSI) that allows the provisioning of storage for container-pods through a Kubernetes PVC (persistent volume claim).
Google Cloud Anthos is an integrated platform that modernizes the development, security, and operations of hybrid cloud and multicloud environments across the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and on-premises infrastructure.
Working closely with Google Cloud, Dell brings to market PowerFlex system configuration that is optimized to power the full Anthos stack including Anthos clusters on-premises.
Google has announced Google Distributed Cloud (GDC), a portfolio of hardware, software, and services. Google Distributed Cloud Virtual (GDC-V) is a software-and services-only solution that brings existing Anthos on-prem (for VMware vSphere and Anthos bare metal services) into the GDC portfolio under this unified new product family.
The solutions in this paper have been jointly validated by Google Cloud and Dell Technologies on the PowerFlex systems for bare metal and VMware deployments. Customers can purchase Anthos knowing that PowerFlex provides an operationally efficient, life cycle managed, and scalable option for on-premises deployments.