Networking News and Insights from Dell…

The canals, gondolas, and St Mark’s Square in the Venetian Hotel served as the back drop for the first ever Dell Technologies World event in Las Vegas last week. Dell is continuing to execute against its strategy to help organizations execute against their digital and IT transformations. Over the last 20 or so months, it has worked diligently to eliminate conflict in its portfolio and discuss the value of its solutions across the entire family of companies. On the networking front, one of Dell’s key pillars for a modern data center, Dell continues to evolve its disaggregation story (Network OS and Network Hardware) for scale-out data center and campus environments. Dell will continue to partner with Aerohive and Ruckus to provide end-to-end solutions for wireless environments. One of the new proof points for its disaggregated, scalable approach came from a Dell family member, VMware, that announced it will now leverage Dell networking hardware solutions for its NSX SD-WAN appliances. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Dell Technologies World: Power to the People

Dell Technologies World this week was about expanding the Digital Transformation story, this time through the entire technology family. With his keynote on Monday, Michael Dell extended the idea of digital transformation beyond simply a competitive necessity (“technology strategy is business strategy”) to becoming an engine by which businesses could positively change the world as “technology amplifies human activity.” These conversations about the greater role of technology set the pace for the rest of the event in a couple of important ways. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Convergence of Technologies: Cloud and Data Protection at Dell…

With Dell Technologies World 2018 complete, there were several key takeaways from the event that apply to Dell Technologies overall, cloud platforms, and data protection. First, looking at Dell Technologies overall, what we are finally seeing is the convergence of the key product and technologies groups, coming together to solve real world customer problems. I discuss this in detail in the video at the end of this blog but what we are seeing are the fruits of the new organizational structure. We see this alignment more with technologies that were already aligned, most notably with the pervasive positioning of Pivotal across the cloud technologies, but we also saw the integration of HCI/CI solutions in the cloud platforms and the availability of Virtustream storage as an option across the data protection products. If the integration of technologies continues into 2019, I think customers will only benefit from this work. For cloud platforms, I saw the emergence of VMware, particularly with technology not related to ESX, potentially breaking through for customers. For years, VMware has assembled a platform to go beyond just virtualization, with the power of NSX along with their management software and services, as well as their cloud-native effort. At Dell Technologies World, we started seeing the large scale integration of these technologies, across the platform, enabling a modern, multi-cloud app platform. The industry needs to keep an eye on VMware and I’m certainly looking forward to VMworld in August. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Dell’s latest baby – DTW # 1 – is huge (Video)

We just welcomed Dell’s latest arrival – the inaugural Dell Technologies World event. For a “new born” it was pretty large and mature! Of course that’s because it was a rebranding of/from conferences-past, but it also did represent something new inasmuch as the collaboration and alignment across Dell’s constituent parts are what end-users want to see….as well as being where added end-user value, as well as market and marketing upside, for Dell resides. Trying to synthesize down some key takeaways is something that we at ESG always do at these events – and the scale and breadth of these ecosystem events can make that challenging. So this year, we decided to split our “On Location” video report into two – the first (in this blog) covers some of the key technologies and product announcements from Las Vegas in just 8 minutes or so. The second video summary will follow in a day or so and will be more focused on corporate and market execution thoughts. We hope you’ll watch both of course! To read the complete article, CLICK...

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CI and HCI Traction and Updates from Dell…

In February of this year, Dell EMC announced the VxBlock System 1000 solution as their converged infrastructure (CI) solution to help enterprises speed IT transformation by removing the physical boundaries of traditional CI. And of course there were some updates on the success of that launch and early traction. On the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) side of things, they made announcements related to VxRail and VxRack. And while these announcements may not be as futuristic and forward-looking as some of the AI and ML topics discussed in my other blog, they’re all part of Dell EMC’s concerted efforts to help modernize enterprise infrastructures to meet enterprise goals of being more operationally efficient while enabling organizations to embrace a hybrid- or multi-cloud approach. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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