Jaguar, the Hyperconverged Company and…

At Dell EMC World last week, one of the most interesting conversations I had was with Jaguar’s CIO, Simon Bolton, who is driving what has been an incredibly successful IT effort at Jaguar. In the company’s new “Green Field” plants, Bolton championed what used to be called Dell’s VCE platform with nearly unbelievable result in terms of productivity and uptime. This was fascinating to me for several reasons; 1) it was a showcase for the power of the hyperconverged concept, 2) I own two Jaguars, and, 3) I’ve been trying (so far unsuccessfully) to order the new Jaguar iPace. Oh, and, 4) when I was younger, for a time, I was a Jaguar mechanic. So, this was a chance to blend my car hobby with my passion for the concept of how to do IT successfully. But I also came around to the idea of IT Entropy because, during the event, I found out there were some unhappy Dell Hyperconverged customers and the cause was something I’m calling IT Entropy, which will likely hurt Jaguar’s effort to convert old plants to this new concept. Let me explain. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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DEW17 – Digital Transformation Begins at Home

In last week’s Pund-IT Review, I discussed Dell EMC World 2017’s central theme, Digital Transformation, how it related to the evolution of both companies and why that makes the combined organization an astute guide for businesses pursuing transformative efforts. This time around, I’d like to aim the lens back at the company and consider how Dell’s acquisition of EMC is both enabling and powering the transformation of its traditional client PC group and the newer OEM/IoT business unit. The thoughts and conclusions I’ll share are based on meetings I had at Dell EMC World with company executives. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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IBM and Nutanix Ink Hyperscale Alliance

IT vendors typically engage in strategic alliances for two reasons: 1) to extend the market reach of their existing products, and 2) to explore potential new markets and use cases. The new alliance between IBM and Nutanix pushes those two hot buttons for both companies. What are Nutanix and IBM planning to do? In short, the initiative aims to port the former’s Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV), Prism management software and Acropolis Container Services (ACS) to the latter’s Power Systems platform. That will result in turnkey, hyperconverged, Power-based solutions for large global enterprises. Which workloads and applications will be targeted? IBM and Nutanix noted three areas of particular interest: To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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DEW17: Emphasizing Fundamental Storage Principles

Most large IT vendor conferences — especially those held in Las Vegas — tend to resemble a three-ring information overload circus. Attendees can easily be overwhelmed with the breadth and depth of what is being presented. At times, focusing on the tried and true basics helps to refresh and clear one’s mind. As an example, let’s turn to the storage solutions that were highlighted this week at Dell EMC World. Naturally, Dell EMC continues to evolve its storage portfolio, but it is not doing so by abandoning the core storage products and principles that have been fundamental to its success for more than two decades. Now, Dell Technologies is the rubric under which all the businesses of the company fall. Dell EMC is the data center infrastructure business and incorporates Dell’s business servers and a midrange storage product line as well as EMC’s traditional high end, midrange, and scale-out (unstructured data) storage systems. In addition, converged infrastructure solutions, including hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) offerings falls with the purview of Dell EMC. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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DEW17: Helping Customers Realize Conscious Transformation

Big ideas are common currency in the IT industry but they take on even larger roles at vendors’ annual customer and partner conferences. That’s certainly the case at Dell EMC World 2017, the second such event hosted by the company since Dell completed its acquisition of EMC last September. For the 13,500 customer and partner attendees looking to see what the company has planned for the coming year, the catchword is “REAL-IZE.” The primary focus rests on how Dell EMC aims to help customers achieve and make real what it calls “digital transformation.” Don’t be surprised if this sounds familiar. The concept of digital transformation has been around for a while, as has the related notion of “democratizing” IT so that effective new technologies and solutions are easily accessible in a broad range of organizations and industries. However, Dell EMC has an interesting take on how this is likely to occur and what it will do to facilitate the process for customers and partners. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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