Dell EMC World 2017 Recap

Tom Marcoulier

by Tom Marcoulier

Dell EMC World 2017 was definitely the largest Dell EMC World conference I have ever attended, with over 13,000 attendees from around the world.  Although technically the first Dell EMC World, the conference traces its origins back to its humble beginnings as EMC Wizards.  Today it is a massive showcase for the combined IT giants of Dell and EMC.   I am amazed how quickly the two companies have come together and the combination of powerful technologies this marriage has created.  If you’re unaware, the new Dell Technologies family consists of 7 major brands/business units – Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream, and VMware.

Every year that I attend, I look forward to the opening general session that sets the tone for the conference.  This year’s conference theme was centered around the concept of ‘Realize.’   Michael Dell and David Goulden opened with ‘Realize Your Digital Future,’ Pat Gelsinger and Jeff Clark followed with “Realize Transformation’ then Jeremy Burton and Chad Sakac finished with ‘Realize the Power of Transformation – Starting the Dark IT Knight.’

What I enjoy most is when I meet up with old friends, colleagues, engineers, and executives to discuss new products, new enhancements to products, and industry trends.   This year was no exception, Dell Technologies announced:

  • All New Dell EMC VMAX 950F
    • 68% faster/6.7M IOPS
    • Open Systems and Mainframe
  • All New Unity All-Flash Arrays (350,450,550,650)
    • Intel Broadwell; 40% more cores 2x the memory
    • 80 Drives 3U enclosure; High capacity TLC drives (15.36TB)
    • Dynamic Pools (add the exact amount of drives you need)
  • Dell EMC SC5020
    • Successor to the SC4020
    • Performance & capacity improvements
  • All New Dell EMC Integrated Date Protection Appliance (IDPA)
    • Turnkey integrated appliance
    • Multiple models (DP5300, DP5800, DP8300, DP8800)
  • New Dell EMC Data Protection Cloud Announcement
    • Traditional & emerging workload data protection capabilities to the cloud
  • Updated Dell EMC Data Domain and DPS Suite Family enhancements
    • Enhanced self-service options
    • Enterprise Copy Data Analytics (eCDA)
  • Dell EMC Scale 3.0
    • Compression & space efficient pools
    • Improved performance, management, and availability
    • Volume migration and improved snapshots
  • All New Dell EMC XtremIO X2
    • xBrick hardware refresh; 76 drives disk enclosure
    • 2x better data reduction; 80% better response time
    • Odd xBrick upgrade support
    • On-line drive upgrade support
  • All New Next generation Isilon Hardware and enhanced OneFS
    • All Flash Isilon node
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge G14 Servers
    • Dell’s 14th generation PowerEdge server
  • Dell Technologies Flexible Consumption Models for IT

As you can see, Dell Technologies has been very busy.   One thing I am most curious of is Dell Technologies Flexible Consumption Models for IT and how customers will embrace it.   This program ranges from desktops to the data center.  It promises to simplify adoption of technology and reduce costs associated by overprovisioning storage solutions, giving customers a true cloud-like consumption model.  Stay tuned for future blogs detailing this along with greater insight into Dell Technologies other announcements.