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Looking Forward to Backing Up -- at Dell EMC World 2017

Posted: April 24, 2017   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Data Protection, emc world, Copy Data Management, dell-emc, Dell EMC World

The Dell acquisition of EMC is complete.  Most of the leadership shifts and organizational realignments have happened.  The previously Dell Software data protection solution components have moved on under the Quest banner. In short, now that the dust has settled, Dell EMC’s data protection story is ready to move forward.

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Expectations for Dell EMC World 2017: Is it One Company or Two?

Posted: April 19, 2017   /   By: Scott Sinclair   /   Tags: Storage, cloud, data storage, dell-emc, Dell EMC World

event_speaker.jpgDell EMC World 2017, or DEW -- which I honestly hope does not catch on as the acronym/nickname -- is just around the corner. To prepare, I wanted to pull together a short summary of my expectations for the event.

With this event taking place only a few months after the 2016 event in Austin, it is difficult to have high expectations in terms of new technology or a new product introduction. But honestly, I have reached the point with Dell EMC that I expect new technologies to be there when the market needs them. If there isn’t a ton to announce this year due to the short time between this event and the last Dell EMC World, I expect there will be a larger announcement next year. That being said, Dell EMC could certainly surprise me. The combined firm has a wealth of smart engineering talent, so if any company could produce a few new offerings that quickly, it would be Dell EMC.

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That was Fast! HPE Closes SimpliVity Acquisition

Posted: February 24, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: nutanix, Simplivity, Converged Infrastructure, HPE, dell-emc, hyperconverged

GettyImages-588266018.jpgThat was fast! HPE only announced it planned to acquire hyperconverged software vendor SimpliVity on January 17, and it closed exactly one month later, on February 17. Why the hurry? Because they need to!

You can't let a market get away from you, and hyperconverged is a fast growing market. When ESG surveyed IT managers responsible for cloud infrastructure decisions, we learned that hyperconverged systems are playing a huge role in IT's plans. When ESG surveyed IT managers responsible for cloud infrastructure, we found that 85% of them are using or plan to adopt hyperconverged solutions. 

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Dell EMC & VMware: The Value in Multiple Manifestations of SDS

Posted: February 01, 2017   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, VMware, software-defined storage, SDS, dell-emc

unique.jpgRecently my colleagues and I were embroiled in an intricate discussion with some of the Dell EMC/VMware team about the status, applicability, and positioning of the various SDS manifestations that behemoth now offers. And suddenly I had one of those “the penny dropped” moments…not of the “epiphany/eureka” type, but more of the “yeah, I knew that but all-too-often overlook it” type. And one more thing before I say what it was: it’s also somewhat ironic when you consider the tangled semantic machinations we have all gone through as an industry to actually define software-defined storage that we have – dropping penny time – overlooked the fact that it is an approach (or concept), and not a specific thing (or singular manifestation).

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Pure Storage Announces General Availability for FlashBlade

Posted: January 25, 2017   /   By: Scott Sinclair   /   Tags: IBM, Storage, Object storage, dell-emc, All flash, pure storage, File System

future-storage.jpgToday, Pure Storage announced general availability for FlashBlade. For those not familiar with FlashBlade, it is the all-flash storage company’s massive capacity, incredibly dense--1.6 PB usable in 4 rack units!--all flash storage system designed for unstructured data workloads--think files and objects.

Now I have written quite a bit about FlashBlade since Pure Storage announced it last year. You can check out some of my recent article on SearchStorage or my comment in my 2017 storage industry predictions video, so I don’t simply want to rehash all my early commentary now that the system is finally available to the general public.

 But I do want to make two points.

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Dell EMC World 2016 Wrap-up

Posted: October 31, 2016   /   By: Steve Duplessie   /   Tags: dell-emc, Dell EMC World

In this ESG Video Capsule, I discuss my impressions from Dell EMC World 2016.

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DellEMC World – “And they’re off…..”     (includes video)

Posted: October 25, 2016   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, dell-emc, Dell EMC World

ThinkstockPhotos-528575954.jpg.jpegIt’s less than two months since the deal went final and it’s obvious that Dell and EMC weren’t waiting for the official starting gun to actually….well, y’know, hold hands and all that. But now they are officially off and running and…..well, y’know, procreating and planning their lives together as a unit.

There were a lot of smiling corporate faces in the Austin Convention Center last week – dare I say relaxed even, although I suspect that was more about relief than a sign of less stress or lower work levels (knowing both entities I also suspect that many employees of both organizations will find that statement rather droll!). It’s way too early to tell whether the completed “big stuff” (a high end vision and immediate compelling progeny) and the completed “small stuff” (business cards, emails and conference bridges in brand on Day 1) is testimony to a wondrous level of completed “middle-sized-stuff” transformation or actually is camouflage for a lot of “middle-sized-[most important]-stuff” left to do. Either way the curb-appeal of this new IT vendor mansion is hard-to-deny.

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Dell EMC World 2016: The Transformation is Just Beginning

Posted: October 24, 2016   /   By: Scott Sinclair   /   Tags: EMC, Michael Dell, IT, dell-emc, HCI, VXRail

speaker_at_event.jpg"Let the Transformation Begin" was the mantra of the first Dell EMC World and that theme rung true in a variety of ways. While Dell Technologies seeks to transform the IT industry, it must also embrace its own internal transformation. First, let’s discuss the show itself. While it was still in Austin (for the last time it appears), influences from the former EMC World were everywhere. Michael Dell, obviously, led the company's message, but the general sessions embraced the impressive production value that we have come to expect with Jeremy Burton, Dell Technologies’ newly appointed CMO. Attendance seemed to have shot up as well. While I don’t have the official numbers, after the first general session it was obvious Dell EMC World had simply outgrown the capacity of the Austin Convention Center, something that could not have been said of Dell Worlds in the past.

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My 30 Years At EMC, Sort Of……

Posted: September 08, 2016   /   By: Steve Duplessie   /   Tags: Storage, Mergers / Acquisitions, dell-emc

Gold_watch.jpegI went there in 1986. I knew they would never make it, so I left in 1989. I am still not sure what was more important to the company’s meteoric rise to greatness, me leaving or Mike Ruettgers coming in. (Mike was the guy brought in to ensure that the stuff we built and sold actually worked.)

It’s been a stunningly awesome success story that could have derailed many times along the way, but took every beating that came along (whether self-imposed or not) and came out stronger. Many times people wrote them off. Every time they were wrong.

I have a thousand stories.  Here are just a few of the thoughts off the top of my head.

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EMC World – a familiar new song (includes video)

Posted: May 12, 2016   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, dell-emc, EMC World 2016

emc world 2016Last week was EMC World, one of the big shows of the year. As many of you will know I prefer to let a little time pass before contributing my thoughts to the blogosphere, simply to let the Kool Aid evaporate somewhat!

Of course, it was something of a strange installment of this event — it is presumptively the last one as the Dell spaceship loomed large and ready to take the EMCers back to the [integrated] future. And yet it was still EMC World; so, while it started a bit like a great band doing a cover of a song it had to do but didn’t really know, pretty soon it settled into a familiar rhythm — bold statements, touches of humor, extensive announcements and a bunch of busy-ness happening all around…

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