3 takeaways on the future of IT from Dell EMC World

iot-presentationDell and EMC’s merger was the largest ever in tech, and created the new Dell Technologies. We finally saw the “super” IT company at last month’s Dell EMC World (formerly Dell World), the first public event since the merger was completed in September.

And it was huge! With more than 6,000 attending from more than 80 countries, Michael Dell seized the opportunity to promote the world’s largest IT hardware manufacturer.

I spent three days at Dell EMC World 2016, and saw Dell Technologies’s vision of the future. Not surprisingly, a lot of its focus narrowed in on data, and how the future of IT is reliant on data collection, storage, and analysis. But while new technology will guide us through the next 15 years, some of the old is here to stay – at least for now.

Here are my three major takeaways from Dell EMC World 2016:

1. The next Industrial Revolution is here. Hyperconverged IT, cloud technologies, and the Internet of Things (IoT) will completely change our world in the next 15 years.

IT evolves so rapidly that in less than two decades, our world will be 1 million times faster, smarter, and more efficient. IoT devices will change nearly everything we know and use today, leading to fully autonomous cars, smarter homes, and traffic-free smart cities. The future is in the hands of billions of sensors, phones, and computers that will provide nearly 1 million times more data than today.

Analyzing and dissecting all that data will become more efficient, too. Dell has invested heavily in expanding its data center capabilities, and the company is confident it’ll be building the data centers set to fuel the next Industrial Revolution.

2. Hybrid cloud is the future of the data center. The benefits of the public cloud are undeniable: ease of management, automation, improved functionality, and time and money savings. Still, some mission-critical applications will stay on-premises for greater visibility and compute speed through the latest flash infrastructure.

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a best practice in the IT world today, as combining servers, storage, networking, and software in one box improves management, virtualization, and power. In the future, more organizations will be using HCI technology for their cloud needs. In short, a hybrid cloud allows organizations to maximize the power of an HCI data center while migrating legacy applications to a public cloud.

At the show, Dell Technologies announced VxRAIL, the new pre-engineered blueprints of hybrid cloud, on-premises infrastructure. VxRAIL will combine the top server platform (PowerEdge) with the #1 storage platform (legacy EMC), and they’re layered with the industry’s leading virtualization software (VMware). HCI and hybrid cloud technologies are the standards of efficiency for all organizations looking to do more for less.

3. The PC isn’t dead. The rumors have been swirling for years that the PC is going extinct — this simply isn’t true. Laptops are thinner, lighter, and sleeker than ever. Companies continue to look for modern machines that fit their needs; neither thin clients nor tablets have the power to rival today’s PCs.

Dell is the only major player in the PC industry to not only have growth, but 15 straight quarters of growth. Our take? The PC is alive and well.

A new era of IT

The new Industrial Revolution will be built on data’s back. As IoT devices find their way into everything, data collection, storage, and analysis will be business-critical needs for all organizations.

How will they do so? Dell Technologies offered some ideas at its first Dell EMC World, as the new company highlighted its HCI and cloud technologies purpose built to support new data collection. This infrastructure, as well as traditional PCs, will surely be at the revolution’s forefront over the next 15 years.

Did you attend Dell EMC World 2016? What were your takeaways?

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