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Dell World 2015 Showcased Dell's Commitment to the Future

Michael Dell kicked off Dell World 2015 in Austin, Texas with a talk about the future of Dell and highlighted the success of their customers with the solutions that have been created.

Much of the discussion at Dell World 2015 clearly focused around where things are headed with a "Future-Ready" theme.  The show's emphasis was on end-to-end devices, customer-centric solutions, and building for the future. 

For Dell, the future holds an end-to-end ecosystem for the long run, and that included everything from PCs and desktops, Hyperconverged systems, Big Data and Analytics, Security, Hybrid Cloud and the Internet of Things. 

Here are just a few of my takeaways from this year's event.


Of course, how could Dell World have escaped without mention of the EMC acquisition? It couldn't and it didn't. During the keynote presentation, Michael Dell told conference attendees that "Dell and EMC are a dream combination" and they "complement each other beautifully."

When asked to comment about HP CEO Meg Whitman's criticism of Dell's decision to buy EMC, Dell simply responded, "HP is a great VMware partner."  Although he did go on to say that Whitman got some of her facts wrong.

When asked, Dell said the EMC deal is different from HP because the principals of the companies in this deal are at the center of it and the overlap of technology is minimal.  Dell also stated there is an aggressive timetable for paying down the debt incurred to finance the deal.  

Michael Dell explained to conference attendees that EMC will give his company more strength in large enterprises to go along with its existing expertise among small and midmarket businesses.   And the deal with EMC would drive costs out of Dell's manufacturing supply chain.  He also made it clear that his company is focusing more on scale and volume, because as he put it, ‘customers don't want more suppliers', and 'CIOs want to deal with fewer people to get things done.'


"Despite the emergence of all types of devices, PCs are here to stay."

As part of the future, there was no talk about getting out of the PC business.  In fact, executives at the show repeatedly stated, if you want to be an end-to-end enterprise IT solutions provider, you need both ends. 

Dell announced a newly refreshed OptiPlex desktop portfolio.  The company also put its Latitude business notebooks on display, including the Latitude 14 7000 and 5000 Series and Latitude 12 7000 systems. 

Dell said it was also expanding its enterprise mobility capabilities with a variety of services and solutions, including a partnership designed to deliver best-in-class mobile apps and sites; new tools for customers in the mobile healthcare space; and the Wyse 5050 AIO zero client to meet the needs of businesses looking to provide secure delivery of apps and data from the datacenter to the endpoint without hampering productivity.


Dell told attendees that CIOs are trying to fund the digital transformation by reducing cost in the infrastructure, and added there's also a move to virtualization, hyper-converged systems where the silos are starting to go away.  And Dell wants to lead in that next evolution of IT.

Industry observers expect converged solutions, with tightly integrated compute, storage, networking and virtualization in a single architecture, to play a major role in the modern data center.

At Dell World, the company launched its highest density converged systems, including the XC6320, which offers four compute nodes in a 2U form factor with support for more than 44TB of storage.  The Dell XC Series integrates Dell's x86 servers and Nutanix's hyper-converged storage and virtualization software stack by way of an OEM deal between both vendors.


IoT is emerging and its growth will continue, but there's a lot of work to do to connect devices and sensors.  Michael Dell said, "The explosion of devices are really just beginning" and "Sensors are getting smarter and less expensive all the time."

There will be tens of billions of devices generating massive amounts of data (44 zettabytes by 2020). But according to IDC, 85 percent of devices are still not connected yet. 

A range of IoT devices and companies had a presence at Dell World - industries from energy, beverage and manufacturing.  Coca-Cola was there and said it had plans to use sensing technology in the door swings for its coolers.

Dell introduced the Edge Gateway 5000 Series for the IoT space to enable industrial automation.  The gateway aggregates and secures IoT data, performs analytics and routes the information to the cloud or a data center.  It can be combined with the latest version of Statistica data analytics software to gather, aggregate and analyze the data coming in from the edge devices.


At the show, Dell announced a new, full range of security solutions that enable customers to implement a comprehensive enterprise security strategy to protect organizations from evolving threats while strengthening business agility.

New technology previews from Network Security included the Dell SonicWALL APT Protection Solution, integrated management of Dell Networking X-Series switches through the Dell SonicWALL firewall interface, and the addition of Cyren anti-virus signatures to Dell SonicWALL Email Security.

To enable secure access to all internal and cloud-based web applications, the new Dell One Identity Cloud Access Manager 8.1 will add SaaS-based, multi-factor authentication via Defender as a Service.

Additionally, Dell Data Security also announced three new solutions - Dell Data Protection | Cloud Edition 2.0, Dell Data Protection | Server Encryption, and Dell Data Protection | Endpoint Recovery solution.


Here are some of the photos taken while at Dell World 2015.


Published Monday, October 26, 2015 10:52 AM by David Marshall
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