Dell Technologies World 2018 conference coverage

Last updated:April 2018

Editor's note

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.

1Dell 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.

2Flash, 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.

3The 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.

4Recent 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.

5Dell EMC channel news

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