Dell’s Non-Oracle-Related Day-1 Enterprise Announcements
SAN JOSE: Dell officially kicked off the first day of its first Enterprise Forum with news of the expanded Oracle partnership, and while that was clearly the crown jewel, the other announcements, especially the PowerEdge VRTX, weren’t chopped liver. Dell has been assembling the pieces for a broad enterprise portfolio for more than five years, and it appears DEF-Con1 is the coming out party. In addition to VRTX, billed as a private cloud in a box designed for remote and branch offices (ROBOs), the announcements included updates to the Active Infrastructure portfolio, a high performance life sciences solution, a modular data center infrastructure, and a number of new client devices.
“We really believe we’re in a post-acquisition phase,” said Dario Zamarian, VP/GM, Enterprise Systems & Solutions. Dell needed to have enough of the enterprise IT building blocks to be able to go out to the market with confidence, he said. “I wouldn’t be here pushing convergence if I didn’t feel we had the breadth of technology required.” The company calls it ‘converging without compromise’.
Customer satisfaction, and the necessary expertise and services to support that, are also critical, he said. Dell has 95% customer satisfaction and is number one in customer satisfaction for IT service and support, said Zamarian.
The company has been field-testing VRTX for months, with 200 systems in customers’ hands. It will take competitors more than a year to deliver something comparable, said Forrest Norrod, VP & GM, Dell Server Solutions. “We think its an incredibly disruptive solution.”
VRTX combines servers, storage, networking and management into a single chassis that uses up to 86% fewer cables and can eliminate the complexity, cost and sprawl of disparate external devices and multiple management tools. Updates to Dell OpenManage Essentials for PowerEdge VRTX include remote, agent-free systems management capabilities with a new geographical view of distributed IT assets. Dell’s Chassis Management Controller (CMC) embedded console is part of the bundle, offering unified and streamlined control over server, storage and networking components.
“Ultimately, it’s about accelerating time to value,” said Zamarian.
The company also announced Active Infrastructure for HPC Life Sciences, an HPC solution designed for the world’s first personalized medicine clinical trial for pediatric cancer that reduces genomics analysis time from one week to one day. It enables processing of up to 38 genomes per day and 266 genomes per week in a single Active Infrastructure system.
Initially launched last October, the latest release of Dell’s converged infrastructure offerings – Active Infrastructure 1.1 – includes: new validated workloads that can reduce the time and steps to provision new workloads by approximately 99%; three new converged infrastructure platforms and reference architectures — Active System 50, 200 and 1000 – that can enable up to six times faster implementation of new virtual infrastructure; Active System Manager 7.1, the management layer that integrates IP from recently acquired Gale Technologies to automate workload and infrastructure deployment through a single console, with support for the Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere platforms, stateless computing for workload scaling and migrations, rapid infrastructure on-boarding for discovering assets, and a broad compatibility matrix that includes support for Dell and heterogeneous environments.
Leveraging its experience in building Modular Data Centers for hyperscale clients, Dell is also launching a new MDC version with individual power, IT and cooling modules that snap together. The new architecture enables: increased power capacity, supporting one megawatt (1MW) of critical workloads using 100% free-air and evaporative cooling; high availability with redundant power feeds that support an average rack power capacity of 40 kilowatts; and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) with a flexible design that allows hot movement of fully loaded racks.
VRTX is available June 26; HPC for Life Sciences Active Infrastructure will be available in August; Active Infrastructure 1.1 portfolio will be available to order in late June; and themegawatt-capacity MDC is available now.
On the client side, Dell announced performance enhancements to its Latitude, OptiPlex and XPS laptops and desktops, the new the 21.5” Touch Monitor S2240T and two new multifunction printers, the B1165nfwand B1265dfw. The B1163w, a 3-in-1 multifunction printer, will launch in August.
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