In 2016 two industry titans came together to form Dell EMC and last week was the first Dell EMC World conference in Las Vegas – the theme of the event was enabling Digital Transformation through IT Transformation, great statement, but what does it mean?
Digital Transformation is all about how organisations interact with their customers and partners – you digitise and automate as much as you can by delivering services over the internet. This is a win for all parties and one of the best examples being how the video store was “fully digitised” and replaced with services like Netflix – a true digital transformation, something that all organisations will need to do to varying degrees.
The net result will be more systems and associated data which will put considerable pressure on IT departments – to deal with this organisations will need to transform and modernise their IT, with a key driver being simplification so it becomes possible to do more with less people. This means taking advantage of the latest hybrid cloud and data centre technologies including Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Flash storage, and next-generation networking and servers.
So what were the key announcements?
- New 14th Generation PowerEdge Servers – which will utilise the upcoming Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable family (code-named “Skylake”) that will have performance gains of up to 3.9 times that of typical 4-year-old systems in use today
- New Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Cloud-Like Consumption Model – VxRail customers can pay per month, require no lease terms, and after the first 12 months return some or all of the appliances without any penalty
- New Next Generation All-Flash Storage Systems – XtremIO X2 delivers both scale-out and scale-up capabilities at a price as low as 1/3rd of its predecessor
- New All-Flash Unity models – with twice the memory and up to 40% more cores, and software enhancements including Dynamic Pools with single drive updates, snapshot mobility and block snapshot archiving to the cloud
- New Integrated Data Protection Appliance – a purpose-built, pre-integrated and easy-to-deploy appliance that converges protection storage, software, search and analytics
- Updated Data Domain Virtual Edition – that runs in the cloud, with support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, with efficient replication to, from and within the cloud
- Updated Avamar Virtual Edition – that runs in the cloud, with support for AWS and Azure, and when combined with Data Domain provides cloud DR to AWS using S3 storage
- Lower cost VxRail (vSAN) and XC Series (Nutanix) HCI appliances – with 3-node configurations starting at $25K and new single CPU options available on VxRail to reduce processor-based licensing costs
- New SC5020 Storage Array Offers Lowest £/GB – with more IOPS, bandwidth, system memory and capacity, and deeper integration with Dell EMC ecosystem (PowerPath, RecoverPoint, VPLEX and Data Domain)
- Expanded Ready node family for Software-Defined Storage solutions – including servers for VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Dell EMC ScaleIO
- New Dell EMC switches – the S5100-ON series is the industry’s first 25GbE Open Networking switch and the S4100-ON series delivers multi-functional, top-of-rack data centre switching optimised for high density 10GbE/Fibre Channel
For me these announcements are about three things – simplification, cost reduction (including power/cooling, rack-space, processor based licences, £/GB and £/IOPS) and increased performance.
If you would like to learn more about the new Dell EMC portfolio then attend the Dell EMC World UK Update event – you can find out more and register here.