Dell EMC World 2017 - Recap
Earlier this month, Denali executives and more than 13,000 IT practitioners and business leaders attended Dell EMC World in Las Vegas—Dell Technologies’ premier customer and partner conference. Denali was named a Dell EMC Platinum Partner earlier this year. We were excited to see the company’s progress since the acquisition of EMC last year, connect with our Dell EMC counterparts and customers and meet many of the new faces helping drive outstanding results and solutions in the marketplace.
The theme of the conference was “REALIZE”—as in eliminating the “BUZZ” around many digital transformation narratives to realize the digital future and opportunities spanning almost every industry.
The event kicked off with Michael Dell’s opening keynote which of course focused on digital transformation and laid out a clear vision for Dell Technologies and more specifically Dell EMC. He even added a little “Magic” to the keynote with special guest and world renowned magician David Blaine weaving in stellar illusions while introducing the 14th Generation PowerEdge server line at the same time.
The newly designed PowerEdge servers provide a secure, scalable compute platform which is described as “the ideal foundation for cloud, analytics or software-defined data center initiatives” according to the Dell EMC press release announcements in Las Vegas. Here are a few high-level key benefits of the new release:
- Enables up to 50% more VDI users per server
- Enhanced and unified system management experience with OpenManage Enterprise
- Added security features for enhanced protection against malicious threats and unwanted changes
- Improved support offerings through SupportAssist can reduce time to resolved hardware issues by 90%
I’m excited about the potential this new performance can offer customers, especially with the increased application performance and response time due the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) low latency storage delivering a 19X improvement over the prior generation.
There were also numerous updates announced related to the hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) portfolio and VxRail appliance lines, expanding enterprise software and hardware options. Dell EMC’s president of Converged Platforms Chad Sakac cited HCI as “the fastest-growing part of the IT infrastructure market because customers want radical infrastructure simplification.” Some of the key features of the new update include:
- Enhanced deployment features – deploy a single appliance in only 20 minutes
- Support for the latest VMware technologies – VMware vSphere 6.5 and VMware vSAN 6.6
- Improved interoperability with Dell EMC technologies
Dell EMC also expanded its high-end storage portfolio with the newly introduced VMAX 950F All Flash storage array which boasts 68% more IOPS (up to 6.7 million), 30% faster response time (350 microseconds) and 25% smaller footprint for the same performance as previous generation. This platform was built for consolidation mission-critical applications the demand the performance of Flash and the need to always be on. Could have great potential in financial and healthcare verticals which process tremendous amounts of transactional data that needs to be made available 24/7.
Another cool preview, was Project Nautilus, a new solution combining Isilon and ECS hardware to store and analyze high volumes of IoT data in real time. Looking forward to keeping an eye on how that materializes with the tremendous amount of IoT generated data set to explode over the next 5 years.
The sessions were packed and the content was rich, it was great seeing a lot of what we heard about over the past year come to life. Most of the Denali attendees also sit on partner, technical and marketing councils and advisory boards, so we were thrilled to attend and contribute to the following events at Dell EMC World:
- Global Partner Summit
- Heroes Exchanges
- Partner Technical Advisory Boards
- Partner CTO Summit
- Partner Marketing Council
We came away motivated and inspired to continue helping our customers through their digital transformation journeys. It’s not an easy time for many organizations facing the need to transform across all industries, but the potential for business growth, global reach and improved experiences for our customers also makes it one of the most exciting.