With Dell Technologies World 2018 complete, there were several key takeaways from the event that apply to Dell Technologies overall, cloud platforms, and data protection. First, looking at Dell Technologies overall, what we are finally seeing is the convergence of the key product and technologies groups, coming together to solve real world customer problems. I discuss this in detail in the video at the end of this blog but what we are seeing are the fruits of the new organizational structure. We see this alignment more with technologies that were already aligned, most notably with the pervasive positioning of Pivotal across the cloud technologies, but we also saw the integration of HCI/CI solutions in the cloud platforms and the availability of Virtustream storage as an option across the data protection products. If the integration of technologies continues into 2019, I think customers will only benefit from this work.
For cloud platforms, I saw the emergence of VMware, particularly with technology not related to ESX, potentially breaking through for customers. For years, VMware has assembled a platform to go beyond just virtualization, with the power of NSX along with their management software and services, as well as their cloud-native effort. At Dell Technologies World, we started seeing the large scale integration of these technologies, across the platform, enabling a modern, multi-cloud app platform. The industry needs to keep an eye on VMware and I'm certainly looking forward to VMworld in August.
For data protection, Dell Technologies is a clear leader with Data Domain and their Data Protection Suite. What Dell Technologies is doing now is understanding what customers need from cloud data protection and developing products to address it. It's a measured, smart approach to understanding what the application and data needs are so that complete solutions can be created. Thus, products such as Data Protection Suite integration with Virtustream Storage and Data Domain Virtual Edition are just the start. I expect to see some big things in the data protection space coming from Dell Technologies soon.
A final group to keep a watchful eye on is the Virtustream team. This team is often minimized in the larger Dell Cloud discussion, placed as an SAP-focused solution as opposed to the broader solutions from VMware and Pivotal. But the Virtustream team is focused on delivering application-focused cloud solutions and with ESG's recent cloud research showing that cloud choice is driven by application requirements and support, Virtustream could be well positioned as multi-cloud grows and companies look beyond the hyperscalers for their public cloud needs.