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Dell Technologies World 2018 conference coverage

Our editors and industry experts offer news and analysis from Dell Technologies World 2018 and recap the year in headlines following the landmark Dell-EMC merger.


Dell Technologies World 2018 opens Monday, April 30, in Las Vegas, shining a spotlight on the data storage world and the combined entity of the legacy Dell and EMC IT giants.

The conference, formerly known as EMC Enterprise Wizards Conference, will have its third name in three years. The show was still known as EMC World in 2016, while Dell's pending $60 billion-plus acquisition had yet to close. In 2017, Dell EMC World reflected the new enterprise segment of Dell. The change to Dell Technologies World in 2018 reflects the rise in influence of legacy Dell over the enterprise and storage parts of the company. Several former EMC stalwarts have left the company or been reassigned over the past year. Most notably, former EMC Information Infrastructure CEO David Goulden stepped down as president of Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions Group in September 2017, and former EMC Chief Marketing Officer Jeremy Burton retired from his similar post at Dell in March 2018.

There have been other changes. Dell Technologies World 2018 opens in the wake of the company's spinoff of its Pivotal Cloud Foundry cloud software division with an initial public offering (IPO) of stock. Dell is also considering taking the entire company public, possibly through a reverse merger with its publicly traded VMware subsidiary.

On the technology front, you can expect lots of news from Dell Technologies World 2018 regarding emerging technologies, such as flash storage, hyper-convergence and cloud. Dell EMC is a leader in flash and hyper-convergence, while battling for position in the cloud with just about every other IT vendor.

Show attendees will also look for guidance on what Dell EMC will do to shore up its sagging midrange storage business -- a longtime EMC mainstay. Dell EMC will also need to address its role in the rapidly changing data protection market.

The speaker list includes CEO Michael Dell; Dell VP of Products and Operations Jeff Clarke; VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, industry gurus Walter Isaacson, Don Tapscott and Andrew McAfee; and actors Jeffrey Wright and Ashton Kutcher.

1Breaking news-

The latest news from Dell Technologies World 2018

Check this section for more updates once the conference is underway.


Dell EMC partners to target IT transformation trend

The Dell EMC IT Transformation campaign, launched at the Global Partner Summit, looks to showcase the Dell Technologies portfolio and how partners can modernize IT infrastructure. Continue Reading


Dell EMC: Market justifies midrange storage overlap

Dell EMC midrange storage includes the all-flash and hybrid Unity arrays, brought to market by EMC in 2016, and Dell SC and PS Series systems by Dell. Continue Reading


Big HCI news out of Dell Technologies World 2018

Dell EMC has announced updates to its hyper-converged platform by way of an upgrade to flashier 14th gen PowerEdge servers powered by NVMe. Continue Reading


Dell EMC PowerMax uses NVMe in all-flash box

All-flash storage upgrades at Dell Technologies World 2018 include end-to-end NVMe design for VMAX arrays, which were rebranded as PowerMax, plus asynchronous replication to XtremIO scale-out flash systems Continue Reading


Dell EMC partner firms to see faster deal registration

The Dell EMC Global Partner Summit saw the $78.7 billion IT vendor assure partners that tighter partner-product portfolio integration is on the way, revealing a future cross-selling program that will add new partner benefits. Continue Reading


Dell EMC-VMware talk could overshadow storage news

Storage news at Dell Technologies World 2018 includes a refresh of all-flash XtremIO, a new VxBlock and expanded VxRack hyper-converged expansions. The conference kicks off Monday, April 30, with a keynote from CEO Michael Dell, in which he is expected to address the status of a potential VMware reverse merger. Continue Reading


Dell EMC does convergence

The whole world hasn't hyper-converged; it just seems that way sometimes. But with VxRail, VMware's vSAN and Nutanix-powered XC appliances under the Dell umbrella, the world's leading hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) products will be on display at the show. And yes, Dell EMC still does old-fashioned converged infrastructure (CI), too.


Dell EMC's Sakac talks VxRail growth, Vblock decision

Dell EMC's converged platforms president, Chad Sakac, said most workloads today can run on hyper-converged appliances or software-defined storage, such as Dell EMC VxRail. Continue Reading

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Dell is leading the pack in HCI revenue

HCI revenue continues to outpace that from CI, according to IDC, and Dell leads across the board in CI, HCI appliance and HCI software. Continue Reading


VxBlock gets more scaling options

With flat CI sales, Dell EMC launches VxBlock 1000, with greater scalability and the ability to mix and match arrays in a VxBlock. Continue Reading


VMware makes new vSAN version look more like vSphere

In a sign that hyper-converged storage software has matured, VMware vSAN 6.7 features more integration than innovation. VMware gave its vSAN 6.7 HCI software the vSphere HTML5 client interface and integrated vRealize Operations diagnostics to help simplify storage provisioning and management. Continue Reading


Ciao, Vblock: End is here for CI pioneer

The Vblock vs. VxBlock CI decision ended after four years, as Dell EMC phased out Vblock in favor of VxBlock. Continue Reading


Healthcare software firm builds SaaS on VxRack HCI

Medicity redesigned its data center architecture to implement a private cloud based on Dell EMC VxRack Flex rack-scale HCI for crunching billions of transactions and storing petabytes of data. Continue Reading


Flash, big data and more

Remember the days when EMC was a storage company and EMC World was a storage show? Well, there still is plenty of storage under the Dell EMC brand, particularly flash-based storage.

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Increased all-flash demand offsets slowing storage market

Growth in Dell EMC all-flash storage is one of the bright spots in what remains a tough slog for legacy array vendors. Continue Reading


Dell EMC flash focus trained on SC Series, Unity arrays

The Dell EMC all-flash strategy entails new SC Series models and inline deduplication on Unity arrays. Buyers receive a one-year trial of Virtustream cloud storage. Continue Reading

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Dell storage revenues take a tumble

There is 'work to do' to shore up Dell data storage sales, executives said. The vendor hopes all-flash, hyper-converged and midrange gear will spark revival. Continue Reading

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Dell EMC focuses in on big data

Dell EMC launched Elastic Data Platform, a series of reference architecture geared for Hadoop and related big data environments. Continue Reading

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U.S. Open leans on Dell EMC Isilon technology

Dell Technologies donated the Dell EMC Isilon storage as part of a partnership it forged with the International Tennis Hall of Fame in late 2016. Continue Reading

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Was bad timing at fault for Dell EMC revenue drop?

Dell EMC revenue for networked storage shrunk in the first quarter, according to IDC. Was it due to a banana peel or a revised earnings calendar? Continue Reading

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The changing world of backup

Like the rest of the data protection world, Dell EMC's story is changing in the face of software-defined and cloud storage. Dell has sold off a few backup products and changed others in the past year.


New Data Domain SMB appliance makes its debut

Dell EMC's new entry-level Data Domain appliance, the DD3300, provides native cloud tiering for small companies and remote and branch offices. Continue Reading

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Dell EMC sells off Spanning Cloud Apps asset

Spanning Cloud Apps seeks to build partnerships with Insight Venture Partners' other data protection investments following Dell EMC selloff. Continue Reading


Carbonite agrees to acquire competitor Mozy

The Carbonite acquisition of Mozy from Dell Technologies for $145.8 million will bring the data protection vendor both consumer and business customers. Continue Reading

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Patches offered following Avamar data breach

Dell EMC data protection software fixes are available for Avamar software, including an authentication bypass vector that hackers could use for root access. Continue Reading

5In the headlines-

Recent company news

The transition phase of the blockbuster Dell-EMC merger is far from over. There has been plenty of company news over the past year.


Everything you need to know about the Dell-EMC merger

The Dell and EMC merger happened over a year ago. Here, we assessed the initial impact of this merger of the century on the companies and the industry. Continue Reading

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Rumors of Dell IPO persist

A move to go public could give Dell a boost and help reduce the debt acquired when the company purchased EMC and VMware in 2015. Continue Reading

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Is the Dell-EMC storage merger causing buyer's remorse?

Dell EMC storage revenues have been flat, with the vendor saying more and more customers prefer to consume CI. Continue Reading

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Chad Sacak puts Dell EMC CI in 'rearview window'

Formerly, Sacak was president of Dell EMC CI. He will join Pivotal Software in April to help guide Pivotal Container Service. Continue Reading

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Pivotal IPO highlights Dell-EMC merger concerns

Pivotal Software's intention to go public draws attention to Dell Technologies' ongoing efforts to pay off the mountain of debt incurred with its whopping $67 billion acquisition of EMC. Continue Reading

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Dell EMC channel news

The Dell-EMC merger brought together two large channel communities under one roof. We've been tracking the progress.


Dell EMC ups investment in midrange storage

Dell EMC partners will receive more rewards for capturing deals in the $14 billion midrange storage market. Continue Reading


2018 partner program builds off last year's momentum

The Dell EMC Partner Program's 2018 upgrades include new partner rebates, competencies and incentives for selling storage. Continue Reading


Dell EMC takes VMware distribution role

A new Dell EMC-VMware distributor agreement will make it easier to sell VMware software combined with Dell EMC hardware. Continue Reading


Partners gain access to Virtustream Enterprise Cloud offering

At Dell EMC World 2017, partners learned they can now sell Virtustream Enterprise Cloud through the Dell EMC channel program. Continue Reading


Q4 shows server growth, storage slump for Dell

Dell EMC partner revenue saw an uptick in server sales in FY18, while the storage business experienced a decline. Continue Reading


Dell EMC storage deepens midrange partner focus

Dell EMC partner resources and incentives continue to expand around the vendor's midrange storage portfolio. Continue Reading

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