The canals, gondolas, and St Mark’s Square in the Venetian Hotel served as the back drop for the first ever Dell Technologies World event in Las Vegas last week. Dell is continuing to execute against its strategy to help organizations execute against their digital and IT transformations. Over the last 20 or so months, it has worked diligently to eliminate conflict in its portfolio and discuss the value of its solutions across the entire family of companies.
On the networking front, one of Dell’s key pillars for a modern data center, Dell continues to evolve its disaggregation story (Network OS and Network Hardware) for scale-out data center and campus environments. Dell will continue to partner with Aerohive and Ruckus to provide end-to-end solutions for wireless environments. One of the new proof points for its disaggregated, scalable approach came from a Dell family member, VMware, that announced it will now leverage Dell networking hardware solutions for its NSX SD-WAN appliances.
Speaking of VMware – it took advantage of the captive audience at Dell Technologies World to launch its Virtual Cloud Network powered by NSX solutions. This initiative is focused on delivering standardized network and security policies across the business – from DC to Branch to Cloud. The enhancements to the NSX family include:
- NSX Data Center support for container networking, across both on-premises and cloud environments as well as support for telco NFV environments.
- The official launch of NSX SD-WAN powered by VeloCloud.
- NSX Cloud now includes support for Azure.
- NSX Hybrid Connect will facilitate VM workload migration to the cloud - Pat Gelsinger demonstrated the ease of use by performing a virtual reality demonstration on the main stage.
Lastly VMware also talked about how NSX is being used in Telco environments to accelerate SD-WAN adoption and operationalize NFV environments. This is an interesting area and potentially a great integration point with Dell Networking to complete supply solutions for telcos.
Dell believes that it has the right software, technology, and service solutions to enable organizations to transform people, processes, and technologies as part of a larger digital transformation initiative.
Dell has made solid progress in the last 2 years roughly and is now looking to accelerate its pace of innovation to create the right solutions for its customers. I expect to see tighter integration across the Dell family portfolio (especially for networking) to deliver wider reaching, even more comprehensive solutions while simultaneously ensuring it is still easy to do business with.
Check out this ESG On Location video that my colleagues and I put together with some of our insights from the event. For additional insights, please see blogs from my colleagues Edwin Yuen and Mark Peters.