Celebrating One Year with Ocarina

Dell Ocarina at Silicon Valley History MuseumTime definitely flies by … even more so when you’re having fun. It seems like only yesterday we announced our intent to acquire Ocarina, and here we are a full year later reminiscing. On August 8, 2011 we celebrated in style at the Silicon Valley Computer History Museum with Murli Thirumale and his extended team.

We finalized the acquisition on July 29, 2010, and we haven’t looked back since. In the past year, our teams have been busy integrating the technology, helping us remain best-in-class. No one else in the storage industry to-date has introduced better algorithms to shrink data, and we’re excited about the year ahead.

In fact, many of you recently told us you’ve seen Dell transform into a systems company while you weren’t looking. Ocarina has helped Dell understand the best practices in integrating technology acquisitions and embedding technology across multiple sites and platforms. This is crucial in building our reputation as an IP-based company. To solidify that, the Ocarina and Product Group teams are installing new IP development and quality engineering processes that will help us accelerate merging different technologies and bringing them to market with enterprise-class quality.

We’ve had two goals around our end-to-end optimization effort:

  1. Best data shrinking at every tier of storage

  2. Keeping data shrunk through its lifecycle unless a user asks for it

If you shrink the data early and keep it shrunk, you reduce storage costs, shrinking time for every storage workflow and bandwidth usage everywhere. It just makes more sense.

The best part is it’s not over yet! We have plans, starting as early as winter of this year, to include data optimization into our DX object line, NAS, backup products as well as EqualLogic and Compellent platforms. We’re even looking at integrating this into servers at some point, so stay tuned.

Our next step is to get on the scoreboard. We want to go
from great technology to great products delivering great results! Join me as we begin the next chapter with Ocarina and Dell!

Dell Ocarina at Silicon Valley History Museum

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