The show that originally started as the EMC Enterprise Wizards Conference in 2001 is running May 8 to May 11 in Las Vegas under a new name, Dell EMC World.
Well, it's not entirely a new name. Dell World rebranded as Dell EMC World in October 2016, in the wake of Dell's $67 billion acquisition of the world's largest storage vendor. But the May 2017 show is the lineal descendant of the Wizards Conference and the long-running EMC World, and marks the seventh straight year the event is being held in Las Vegas.
Many of the themes at Dell EMC World 2017 will be familiar for an IT/storage conference these days. You'll hear a lot about hyper-converged infrastructure, cloud storage and flash arrays. More traditional storage topics, such as data protection, disk arrays and storage management will also be covered, although pushed into the background a bit.
The speaker list includes Michael Dell; Dell EMC storage leaders David Goulden, Chad Sakac and Jeff Boudreau; VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger; and industry gurus Andy Bechtolsheim and Tim Berners-Lee.
We'll be reporting the latest news from the show on SearchStorage and our other TechTarget sites. To prepare for Dell EMC World 2017, check out what's been happening with the IT giant since the merger, as well as all the news from EMC World 2016.
The latest news from Dell EMC World 2017
Check this section for more updates once the conference is underway.
To realize 'digital transformation,' Dell EMC said enterprises need a cloud storage strategy that encompasses multiple cloud targets. Continue Reading
Hyper-converged infrastructure, venture capital, and IoT storage were on display at this year's Dell EMC World, alongside more established storage technologies. Continue Reading
Nexsan Unity unified arrays package the NST operating system on branded x86 hardware for block and file storage with secure sync and share. Continue Reading
While the vendor is keeping both VxRail and XC appliances, Dell EMC World 2017 features a series of upgrades to its hyper-converged infrastructure. Continue Reading
2Not just vendor convergence -
Entering the hyper-converged fray
When a server vendor buys a storage and virtualization company, hyper-convergence is inevitable, and Dell EMC is no exception. See where the products stand prior to Dell EMC World 2017.
As flash and hyper-converged make significant inroads in data storage, VMware users are adopting all-flash vSAN clusters for virtual desktop infrastructure and other workloads. Continue Reading
The Dell EMC VxRail hyper-converged appliance is available as the underlying storage of the vendor's Enterprise Hybrid Cloud bundle. Continue Reading
Despite the risk of creating possible competition, Dell EMC continues selling products from Cisco and Nutanix. Continue Reading
EMC plans to overtake Nutanix as the No. 1 hyper-converged infrastructure vendor, with the help of Dell servers and VMware vSAN hyper-converged software. Continue Reading
3All-flash with substance-
Flash storage arrays
The shift from hard disk drives to solid-state drives continues to reshape storage arrays of all kinds. Dell EMC executives state you can never have enough flash in your storage array diet.
At Dell EMC World 2016, the vendor announced it was bringing all-flash to unstructured data with Isilon All-Flash scale-out NAS array. Continue Reading
The vendor plans to stay the course with its flash storage portfolio, despite overlapping products at the midrange and low end. Continue Reading
Following poor sales, the Dell EMC DSSD D5 flash box is no more. Perhaps the fastest thing about DSSD was how quickly the vendor took it off the market. Continue Reading
4Head in the clouds-
Dell EMC's cloud strategy
Following the EMC acquisition, Dell's cloud strategy has been examined from all angles, while VMware's cloud services remain a concern.
EMC has contributed an open source Apache Mesos container volume driver that supports any network-attached block storage system equipped with a Docker plug. Continue Reading
A closer look at the landmark merger
The close of the $67 billion merger, the largest IT tech deal in history, caused ripples of change in products, technologies and divisions inside the new tech giant.
As the Dell-EMC-VMware saga added another chapter with the Dell Software sale, user reviews remained mixed about how the story's ending would affect them. Continue Reading
In July 2016, EMC shareholders voted to approve the storage giant's $67 billion merger with Dell. The shareholder vote was considered one of two possible obstacles to the deal. Continue Reading
The newly created Dell EMC launches ScaleIO Nodes on Dell PowerEdge x86 servers, and adds DSSD flash array adapter cards to PowerEdge rack servers. Continue Reading
The Dell-EMC merger opens up opportunities for growth, global expansion and product development, according to the affected vendors. Continue Reading
6A look back-
EMC World 2016 coverage
Before Dell EMC World 2017 kicks off, you can find all of SearchStorage's coverage of EMC World 2016 below. If you missed anything from the conference, or want a refresher, you can access all of our stories and videos from the event.