Channel Times Bureau
For the first time since the creation of the new $74 billion technology powerhouse called Dell-EMC, the leaders of the new entity took center stage at the first annual Dell EMC World event at Austin (Texas) last week to discuss new efforts and the direction that they were mapping out.
There were several announcements that came out from the sessions that included software, hardware and on business strategy. For our readers, Channel Times summarizes the major themes that were touched upon:
* 1. Hyper-converging infrastructure: Arguably the biggest strategic announcement related to the PowerEdge servers getting integrated into the VxRail Appliances and the VxRack System 1000 – a move that allows the company to focus on storage and computing via hyper-convergence. In a press statement, the company said the VxRail integration would address use cases of big data, remote offices and graphics-intensive workloads. The VxRack 1000 would help speed up application, provide better configuration and support flash better.
* 2. The Cloud: The Company’s focus on the cloud had two distinct updates that included one to its Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) 3.0 modern object-storage platform and an updated version of the Dell EMC Data Domain. The former would run on a PowerEdge server with new hardware that provides higher density. The press release revealed that there would be an ECS dedicated cloud services to be hosted by Virtustream.
* 3. Analytics: This was probably a big one for Dell-EMC where they announced the new analytic insights module that would deliver all of the software, hardware and services necessary to stand up to an environment for both big data analytics and cloud native application development in days rather than weeks. The press release says: “Businesses are recognizing the power of data-driven applications to impact consumer behavior. However, many organizations are struggling with how to extract business value from their data. Data analysts typically spend up to 80% of their time preparing the data before they can focus on analytics. In addition, many corporate employees report having access to data they should not, resulting in major security risks.”
* 4. Storage & Flash: There is a new member of the Dell EMC Isilon product family that combines the high performance of flash technology with the industry’s top scale-out NAS platform. Isilon All-Flash is designed to help IT organizations modernize their infrastructure and deliver on the capabilities of a digital business. It is designed for greater density and to better handle unstructured data, making it a potential tool for modern big data deployments. (Read the full press release).
* 5. And, finally Security: When two corporations as large as Dell and EMC combine, there is bound to be an overlap of product offers. This was abundantly obvious in the new entity’s security portfolio. The Endpoint Data Security and Management portfolio encompasses solutions from Dell, Mozy by Dell, RSA and VMware AirWatch. This portfolio offers leading cyber security and endpoint management solutions to deliver robust data protection while unlocking the speed, agility and innovation of today’s mobile workforce, says the press release (Full statement). The new portfolio allows employees to securely work when, where and with the tools they need, without compromising security controls and protections.