Another great Dell Technologies World conference has come to a close. Hosted over four days – April 29-May 2 – in Las Vegas, this annual event brought together 14,000 partners and customers to discover Dell’s vision for the future, meet up with tech gurus, and learn new skills and capabilities.
Dell Technologies World is also the platform from which the company launches a range of new product offerings. Here are five of the major product innovations revealed at the event, including the launch of Dell Technologies Cloud, tighter integration with VMware, a new Microsoft Azure partnership, and more.
1. Dell Technologies Cloud – “Welcome to a Better Cloud”
In a major announcement, Dell Technologies CEO and founder Michael Dell and VMware’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, introduced a joint solution from VMware and Dell EMC that removes the complexity of managing workloads across multiple clouds by providing a consistent cloud operating model across public cloud, private cloud and edge locations.
Because more workloads are virtualized on VMware than any other hypervisor, Dell Technologies Cloud helps organizations apply cloud benefits to their traditional workloads without being forced to refactor first.
For instance, with VMware Cloud Foundation, VMs and containers can be moved effortlessly from on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS without the need for expensive re-platforming. This brings scale, coverage, speed, and improved cost structures to the public cloud, faster. You can also achieve the same benefits in the data center with the automation capabilities of VMware Cloud Foundation and the tight HW/SW integration between VMware and Dell EMC.
Dell Technologies Cloud can be consumed as platforms or as a fully-managed Data Center-as-a-Service (DCaaS) offering. Read more.
2. Dell and Microsoft Expand their Partnership to Help You Accelerate Digital Transformation
Also at the event was Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, who joined Michael Dell to announce an expanded partnership between the two companies with the delivery of a fully native, supported, and certified VMware cloud infrastructure on Microsoft Azure. In addition, if you’re a Microsoft 365 and VMware Workspace ONE customer, you’ll be able to manage Office 365 across devices via cloud-based integration with Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory. VMware will also extend the capabilities of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop leveraging VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.
“With this announcement Dell Technologies and Microsoft are working to simplify our customers’ entire technology environment,” said Michael Dell. “Our goal is to provide a single view from edge to core to cloud – an integrated platform for our customers’ digital future.”
As part of its commitment to being “… your trusted partner on your multi-cloud journey with cloud-enabled infrastructure,” the company also announced Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services which delivers Dell EMC Storage as a public cloud service for disaster recovery and other use cases, like analytics, test/dev, and more. The solution addresses the challenges of scaling storage capacity and performance, high operating costs, vendor lock-in, and data compliance and control issues in the public cloud. Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services delivers durable, persistent cloud attached storage that is scalable, highly available, and has a flexible design to optimize costs and keep your business in control of its data.
The company also showcased Dell EMC ClarityNow, a desktop and mobile tool that lets you manage data in the data center or across clouds. You can tag, locate, access, and manage data across file and object storage in seconds. It also offers self-service capabilities to find, use, and move files to the appropriate storage tier.
4. Power Up your Network, From the Edge to the Core
On the network side of the house, Dell EMC Networking announced the Dell EMC PowerSwitch brand for its family of Open Networking switches.
As all data center managers know, staying ahead of the traffic demands—and doing it cost-effectively—is a business-critical imperative. It’s also more of a challenge than ever before, particularly as organizations become increasingly reliant on multi/hybrid cloud operations to put data where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, to achieve desired business outcomes.
In line with those demands, the Dell EMC PowerSwitch offers a choice of OS software integrated fabric automation with OS10 SmartFabric Services and tight integration with VMware NSX, on industry-leading Dell EMC Networking hardware. The PowerSwitch portfolio helps customers break free of vendor lock-in and proprietary, monolithic architectures that simply don’t deliver the level of flexibility, cost-effectiveness and scale that’s needed in a multi-cloud world.
Read more about these releases and others that underpin what Dell calls “The Power of Open Networking”.
5. New Unified Workspace Platform
Also announced at the conference is a new platform – Dell Technologies Unified Workspace – designed to simplify the entire device lifecycle for IT while providing workers with the personalized, frictionless, ready-to-work experience they demand. With VMware Workspace One as its backbone, the platform integrates solutions across Dell devices and services, VMware and Secureworks to help businesses ease their end user computing pain points.
“Imagine an intelligent solution that told you the specific devices and applications your workforce needs based on their specific usage. Imagine one that then delivers those personalized devices directly to the end user, preconfigured and preloaded with all the apps and security features they need without IT having to touch the device. Now, imagine that same solution proactively helping the end user resolve day-to-day IT issues like password resets, access to applications and lost VPN connections,” explained Jeff Clarke, vice chairman of products and operations, Dell Technologies. Read more.
Other Product Announcements
There’s simply too much to cover in one blog, check out the links below for some of the other big announcements at Dell Technologies World.
- Massive Storage Innovation Designed for the Data Era – A New Generation of Dell EMC Unity XT
- Innovations in Data Protection and Data Management – Dell EMC Power Protect Software Platform and Dell EMC PowerProtect X400 Appliance
- New Technologies that Transform IT from Edge to Cloud – New Dell EMC SD-WAN Edge, Dell EMC VxFlex Appliance, VxRail Analytical Consulting Engine, and Dell EMC DSS 8440