Dell Enterprise Springs into Summer

Coming out of a busy May that concluded with Dell’s Annual Analyst Conference in Austin, Dell continued its forward momentum heading into the summer. If we moved too fast for you to check all of our posts, I’m providing a recap of what we announced this June:

Our Storage team kicked off the month at Nutanix’s .NEXT partner and customer conference in Miami. To demonstrate how we are accelerating our joint product development program with Nutanix, we announced the next wave of the Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances and features. Planned for availability in Q3, these new capabilities will address a broader set of applications and use cases. 

Later in the month, Dell storage showed us how “more can be less” with the launch of three different dense storage solutions. The Dell Storage SCv2080, our new entry-level array for small and midsize businesses with a low price-per-terabyte, the Dell Storage PS6610 Series for easy-to-manage, scale-out iSCSI storage for EqualLogic, and the Dell Compellent SC280 tailored to larger data center needs with dense enclosures that provides cost-effective expansion of high-performance SC arrays. 

Dell Networking continued its open networking push by announcing that we were working with Pluribus Networks to help customers deploy an open and programmable network visualization solution. The joint solution will address today’s networking requirements while providing the ability to transition to software defined networking (SDN) and private/hybrid cloud environments of the future.  

Being future ready and SDN were constant themes during this month as our networking team provided a stance on how carrier networks can become future-ready by utilizing NFV solutions from Dell.  SDN and NFV are morphing into one another, and carriers are optimistic about the innovation that will result with the closer linkage.  Dell is working with our partners to create solutions that are flexible, open, can easily plug-and-play into different applications, and can quickly bring new services to customers.

Jim Ganthier, Dell’s engineered solutions and cloud lead, continued his blog series on Cloud.  In his recent post, the focus was on a new trend called cloud repatriation – the moving of external cloud services back to internal or on premise/private platforms. This trend was supported by a 451 Research study revealing that more than two-thirds of customers hosting workloads in the public cloud have begun migrating them back to private or on premise clouds.  Many factors need to be considered when deciding which platform provides the best business results, and in some cases, more than one cloud platform for a single workload; or a hybrid cloud.

Dell also announced the general availability the Dell PowerEdge C6320 server designed for the most demanding high performance computing (HPC), Web 2.0, hosting, and data analytics use cases. The PowerEdge C6320 offers the most compute power in the least amount of space with the least energy draw to lower operational costs. Utilizing agent-free management tools in Dell iDRAC and Dell OpenManage, our customers can quickly deploy, maintain, and manage Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO: RAIL and Dell’s XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances.

At the Red Hat Summit in Boston on June 23 – 26, Jim Ganthier provided a keynote address detailing how Dell is delivering open standard solutions, using OpenStack and Red Hat, to bring OpenStack to every enterprise. We showcased real-world examples of OpenStack, SAP HANA, Dell Cloud Manager and demonstrated how we make technology available to everyone.  And, at the event, Dell won the 2015 Strategic Alliance Partner of the Year Award.  This award reflected the years of innovative collaboration since 2000, when Dell became the first tier one partner to OEM Red Hat technology. 

This month, we were fortunate to have a couple of customers share their recent success they have achieved by working with Dell.  The University of California – San Diego introduced us to its “Comet” high-performance computing project.  And, AeroMéxico Delta TechOps, the largest maintenance, repair and overhaul aircraft center in Latin America saves money and reduced complexity with Dell’s Converged IO and end-to-end solutions.

On the partner front, Dell announced its collaboration with Syncsort, Intel, and Cloudera to provide a trusted, tested and verified enterprise-ready solution to offload heavy, expensive workloads off of an Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) into Hadoop at the Hadoop Summit in San Jose this month. This new solution will help companies gain momentum with the new technologies they integrate by helping them over any hurdles they encounter.

We hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday and a relaxing summer break. Check back here often as the enterprise team won’t be taking any breaks this summer and will be announcing new products and solutions in the coming months. Also, please follow us on Twitter for up to the minute news!

Sarah Vela

About the Author: Sarah Vela

Sarah Vela is no longer with Dell Technologies.