Dell: The Business Of IT, And ITs Future
Oct20

Dell: The Business Of IT, And ITs Future

AUSTIN, TEXAS: Surpassing the events that led up to Dell World 2014, the company’s coming-out party as a privately held venture, would be difficult to imagine, but the announcements that Dell intends to buy EMC/VMware/RSA/Pivotal/whatever, and the sales agreement with CDW a week before Dell World 2015, make this week’s event an even more compelling proposition for the entire IT industry. If the acquisition goes through next summer, then Dell will become the second largest IT vendor, following only IBM, and way ahead of the soon-to-be-two HP. There will be a number of product and service announcements made this week, but while Dell was trying to drive a stake through HP’s heart, or at least HPE’s last week, it was also releasing the results of its Global Technology Adoption Index 2015. According to the study, companies investing in cloud, mobility, security and Big Data are growing up to 53% faster than laggards. “Organizations that are in a growth mode are taking advantages of technologies”, said Bryan Jones, VP of Marketing for North America and Global 500, Dell. Security remains a significant challenge, he told IT Trends & Analysis, as well as cost, but there has been improvement between last year’s inaugural study and 2015. Last years, organizations had a plan around security and this year they’re doing something about it, he said. There has been a major shift in adoption, and  “having a comprehensive security strategy has gone up dramatically over last year.” Jones said security adoption has climbed a 100% year-over-year. The study also reported that revenue, rather than risk, is driving security initiatives with 75% of organizations. Jones said last year risk was the biggest driver. Now you have companies moving to that next stage, how do I take that and turn it to a competitive advantage and take the next step. This year’s survey also found that organizations are saying the cost of storing data and getting value out of it is a challenge. Jones said one of the things the research is used for is to inform Dell’s acquisition strategy, as well as package its solutions. “Everyone sees a benefit to it but some of them haven’t been able to crack the code from a cost perspective.” Another topic he found really interesting was the mobility adoption. Mobility makes a lot of sense but we’re challenged in a couple of areas, i.e. security, breaches, and BYOD. “It’s obvious to me that we as an industry still have a lot to do about bring your own device.” Mobility can be a game changer for a number of companies, but security remains a really common concern. “Folks...

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What Happens To RSA?

While last week’s Dell/EMC merger was certainly a blockbuster, nothing specific was mentioned about future plans for RSA Security. Michael Dell did say that there were a “number of discussions about security” during the negotiations, but apparently, no concrete plans yet. Infosec reporters have lobbed phone calls into Round Rock Texas as well as Bedford and Hopkinton, MA looking for more details, but Dell and EMC officials haven’t responded. Based upon a week of vague reports, it’s safe to assume that there is no master plan for RSA at this time.  While we in the cybersecurity world have a nostalgic bond with RSA, it really is small potatoes as part of this mega-deal in the IT space. Nevertheless, RSA is a marquee $1b+ brand-name company in the red-hot cybersecurity space, so there is certainly value to be had. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Dell Set to Buy EMC

What do we know? Well, this would be the largest tech acquisition ever….and by a long way. Once it goes through there’s going to be enormous focus on such things as the suitability or otherwise of the cultures, channels, and portfolios of these two behemoths. In the meantime, we don’t know a whole lot else…..although I have seen some fabulous puns and jokes already today (my favorites are that the new company could be called “Run DMC,” that EMC is “going to Dell in a hand-basket,” and that if this doesn’t work out then Michael Dell can always run for president!). To read the complete article, CLICK...

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EMC Shows Developers “The Way” to the Cloud

In technology, as in other fields, details count and meaning can sometimes hinge on a single letter. For example, being committed to a technology like open source is easy enough to understand, but becoming an open source “committer” is something else entirely. Why that’s the case and what it has to do with EMC’s new Cloud Foundry Dojo in Cambridge, Massachusetts is worth considering. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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EMC Dips Deeper Into The Shallow End of The Data Lake
Mar23

EMC Dips Deeper Into The Shallow End of The Data Lake

Barely a month after making its first big splash in the Data Lake, EMC is back at it with an all-in-one Big Data analytics solution — hardware, software and services – with availability and pricing to be determined later. The Federation Business Data Lake packages storage and Big Data analytics technologies from EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal, and VMware, together with services, to accelerate and automate deployment of Data Lakes and clear ‘the path for new insights and disruptive differentiation.’ It greatly simplifies the massively complex task of building a Data Lake and is designed for speed, self-service and scalability for the enterprise, enabling organizations to begin making better-informed business decisions using Big Data analytics, said Aidan O’Brien, Senior Director, EMC. “This is the industry’s first enterprise-grade Data Lake,” he said. It seems like everybody’s use case varies slightly, stated O’Brien. So what we’ve tried to do is to increase standardization and flexibility. No company has all the technologies required, i.e. EMC lacks a visualization component, he said, but what they’ve done is provide some ready-made apps, a data scientist in a box, that can be implemented in as little as seven days. For the more adventurous, there’s also a software developer kit. According to Gartner, a Data Lake is a collection of storage instances of various data assets additional to the originating data sources. These assets are stored in a near-exact, or even exact, copy of the source format. The purpose of a Data Lake is to present an unrefined view of data to only the most highly skilled analysts, to help them explore their data refinement and analysis techniques independent of any of the system-of-record compromises that may exist in a traditional analytic data store (such as a data mart or data warehouse). EMC gets more granular, defining the Data Lake as a modern approach to data analytics by taking advantage of the processing and cost advantages of Hadoop. It allows you to store all of the data that you think might be important into a central repository as is, and by leaving the data in its raw form, you don’t need a pre-determined schema or ‘schema on load’. Schema on load is a data warehousing process that optimizes a query, but also strips the data of information that could be useful for analysis. This flexibility then allows the data lake to feed all downstream applications such as a data warehouse, analytic sandboxes, and other analytic environments. It’s still early days for the Data Lake concept, but Suresh Sathyamurthy, Sr. Director, Product Marketing for EMC’s Emerging Technologies Division, said his company was the market share leader, even though...

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