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.
The latest news from Dell Technologies World 2018
Check this section for more updates once the conference is underway.
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 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
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
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 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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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.
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
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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Dell EMC channel news
The Dell-EMC merger brought together two large channel communities under one roof. We've been tracking the progress.
The Dell EMC Partner Program's 2018 upgrades include new partner rebates, competencies and incentives for selling storage. Continue Reading
At Dell EMC World 2017, partners learned they can now sell Virtustream Enterprise Cloud through the Dell EMC channel program. Continue Reading