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VMworld 2017: The Year of the Cloud

Posted: September 05, 2017   /   By: Scott Sinclair   /   Tags: Hybrid Cloud Storage, EMC, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Dell, AWS

clouds.jpgIf you missed VMworld this year, let me attempt to summarize the key themes; Cloud, Cloud, and more Cloud. Officially, VMworld delivered a message of “any app, on any cloud, to any device,” and included themes of mobility and data security. After the moment in the keynote when VMware’s Pat Gelsinger hugged Andy Jassy of Amazon Web Services, however, the only thing that the on-premises infrastructure providers in the audience heard was the word, cloud.

The newly announced capability, VMware Cloud on AWS, is an on-demand service that enables applications to run across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to AWS infrastructure along with some of its services. At a higher level though, the announcement delivers the perfect statement that the hybrid cloud is here and it is here to stay. These two companies that just a short time ago were seen as competitors have now joined forces. The bulk of the questions that will emerge from this announcement, however, will not have to be answered by the public cloud, though. It will be the on-premises infrastructure providers that will have to respond.

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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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Cybersecurity Goes Private: McAfee and RSA

Posted: September 08, 2016   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: EMC, Cybersecurity, Dell, McAfee, RSA, Intel, Intel Security

security_lightswitch.jpgThere are some interesting industry dynamics going on in the cybersecurity market. Just a few months ago, Symantec bought Blue Coat, taking a private company public and forming a cybersecurity industry colossus in the process. 

Now two other historical cybersecurity powerhouses are heading in the other direction and going private. When the Dell/EMC deal was approved this week, industry veteran RSA became the security division of the world’s largest diversified private technology company. Not to be outdone, Intel and partner TPG are spinning out McAfee as an independent private company.

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The future of flash is guaranteed

Posted: July 27, 2016   /   By: Scott Sinclair   /   Tags: Storage, Netapp, EMC, flash, Nimble, Violin Memory, Kaminario, HPE, All flash, pure storage, All-Flash Array

flash storageWhen do we stop using the term "flash storage"? When does it become just "storage"? And when do we as an industry shift the qualifier to "mechanical spinning disk media"? That future may be a lot sooner than you might think. The industry perception of flash storage is transforming from why to why not as I write. At some of the more recent storage industry events I have attended, when a question is asked about the potential of flash storage, the storage administrators in the audience are just as likely as the presenter to speak up and sing the praises of all-flash storage.

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EMC, Dell, Pivotal, Microsoft, and ... Ford?

Posted: May 09, 2016   /   By: Nik Rouda   /   Tags: Microsoft, EMC, Big Data, Dell, Data Management, pivotal

emc world big dataLast week was interesting. I spent most of it in Las Vegas at EMC World, which was as much about Dell as it was about EMC itself. There was a ceremonial handoff from Joe Tucci to Michael Dell to lead the new combined entity, but Jeremy Burton was perhaps even more in the spotlight as he outlined the vision.

Much of this vision was about the balance between traditional data center environments and something he called "cloud-native" applications. Substituting "next-gen" for "cloud-native" might be more accurate, as this category included everything from PaaS to big data to containers to hybrid clouds. Hadoop, Cassandra, and MongoDB were cited as examples as cloud-native, which felt odd. Certainly they are cloud-friendly, but they're by no means exclusively cloud-centric. See my last post on cloud big data for more thoughts on this topic.

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Wrap-up on backup from EMC World 2016 — day two keynote

Posted: May 03, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: EMC, Data Protection, CDM, Copy Data Management, EMC World 2016, hyperconverged

There are a lot of things to like about EMC World this year, especially if data protection is important to you. Kudos on the day two general session with Jeremy Burton and Guy Churchward.

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EMC pivots to public cloud via VirtuStream

Posted: May 02, 2016   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: EMC, emc world, public cloud, Virtustream

Cloud_Data_Image.jpgJoe Tucci and company made a strategic decision several years ago not to enter the public cloud provider fray. Instead they took the vendor high road by indicating they would partner with cloud providers instead of competing with them. In a reversal of that strategy, EMC is now pivoting to the public cloud via their federated entity, VirtuStream.

Among a bevy of announcements at the opening of the annual EMC World show today, EMC announced the launching of VirtuStream’s "Global Hyper-scale Storage Cloud For Seamless Enterprise Storage Extensibility, Backup and Cloud-Native Object Storage”. This particular announcement, amongst the other ones planned over the next three days, is designed to play into a larger theme of “Modernize Your Data Center”; the official tag line of  EMC World 2016.

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ScaleIO 2.0: another step in the journey to the software-defined data center

Posted: April 11, 2016   /   By: Scott Sinclair   /   Tags: Storage, EMC, software-defined storage, ScaleIO, Hyper-converged, dell-emc

With EMC World 2016 just over the horizon, EMC made a couple announcements this week that I thought I would touch on.

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Vendors under the radar: Syncplicity

Posted: April 06, 2016   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: Hybrid Cloud Storage, Storage, EMC, Syncplicity, cloud storage, file sharing, EFSS, enterprise file sync and share

cloud storageNext up in my under-the-radar series is Syncplicity. I went back and forth about whether or not to include Syncplicity as an under-the-radar vendor. Certainly they wouldn't have qualified a year ago. But do they now?

An emerging product in an emerging market fighting for budget within EMC is a difficult position to be in. And one of the big story lines from the investors that took Syncplicity private is that Syncplicity has huge potential, but couldn't thrive in EMC because the sales models weren't aligned properly and they couldn't invest for growth. When it came to budget allocations, the products paying the bills got more investment (or Syncplicity's tactical integration with those products was prioritized versus more strategic development efforts).

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Dell sheds Perot

Posted: March 31, 2016   /   By: Steve Duplessie   /   Tags: EMC, Dell, Perot, dell-emc

dell perotThere's a lot of confusion over this announcement, so allow me to explain. Perot does about $3 billion for Dell. It drags no real Dell infrastructure. It’s a bit of an island.

In the new Dell/EMC world, Perot goes away. Dell gets $3 billion in cash. There's no impact to the core businesses, nor to the core services.

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