Dell Tech World 2018 Rewind: What we saw and what’s to come
We are in the midst of an industrial revolution, with AI about to shake up workplaces, data centers, and more. Technology industry leaders have seen this coming for a while, but some are still wary of the implications.
At the Dell Technologies World 2018 opening keynote, Michael Dell made it clear that Dell Technologies is not only embracing the power of AI, but is positioning to be one of the top AI influencers in the world.
Both in that keynote and throughout the show, the announcements focused on one message:
AI will change the industry. Dell Technologies is here to help.
What the future looks like
What is Dell planning over the next decade to meet evolving customer needs?
To take advantage of emerging human-machine partnerships. There are four major transformations Dell Technologies wants to influence:
- Digital transformation: At a basic level, organizations must be data-driven – more on this below.
- IT transformation: First things first: AI is not a job replacement, just a job partnership. With infrastructure focused on automation, AI takes over the mundane, repetitive tasks to free up your IT team’s time for more critical ones, like problem solving and collaboration.
- Workforce transformation: Work is what you do, not where you do it, Dell noted. Working remotely has been drastically improved by the proliferation of IoT devices. While WiFi is the de facto gateway for remote workers right now, the coming of 5G broadband networks will both improve connection stability and make possible more complex off-site processes.
- Security transformation: With growing cybersecurity threats and new regulations like GDPR, data protection is paramount. End users put their faith in the organizations that hold their private data, so organizations must have the correct security appliances in place to protect sensitive information.
Say hi to AI
By 2020, data creation will increase by 200 petabytes daily, with IoT devices creating 99 percent of it.
To survive in this new world, businesses must be data-driven, and they need to make their data work for them. Better data creates better products and attracts customers.
Dell Technologies revealed how its set of interconnected AI solutions help customers take advantage, from software to hardware.
- Half of Fortune 500 companies choose the Pivotal cloud operating system. It lets users take advantage of existing Dell technologies without being locked into a platform. It cuts cost, reduces production time, and requires less maintenance.
- The collaborative tool Boomi connects different cloud apps distributed over multiple cloud platforms. Boomi has seen 50 percent growth and now has more than 7,000 customers.
- Isilon on-premises cloud infrastructure enables organizations to have a dedicated Isilon environment that can access Google Cloud Platform.
- The on-premises solutions VxBlock, VxRack, and VxRail fast-track software-defined data centers to high efficiency.
- Lastly, Dell EMC extended Data Domain and Isilon to Virtustream, AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud to meet modern security needs.
Dell Technologies’ got the power
To run these advanced AI tools and machine-heavy processes, businesses will need the flash storage capabilities to match. Dell Technologies updated current products and introduced new ones to solve this problem.
First, Dell Technologies introduced PowerMax to replace the VMAX all-flash storage line. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t just an upgrade or a modified name. Dell built this product from the ground up to meet larger enterprises’ needs for high-performance workloads targeted at AI, IoT, and other upcoming technologies.
PowerMax has a flexible design and easily slots into any data center and pre-existing environment without downtime, ultimately reducing costs. The PowerMax line includes PowerMax OS, PowerMax 200, and PowerMax 8000.
XtremeIO X2 is Dell Technologies’ answer to other mid-market flash storage offerings like Pure Storage. It’s priced competitively at the entry level, and provides better options for customers integrating flash arrays into their environments.
To round it out, VxRail hyperconverged appliances for VMware now include 14G servers.
Living on the edge
Additionally, Dell Technologies introduced PowerEdge updates that give organizations the tools to take advantage of high-demand, high-powered, data-intensive applications.
PowerEdge R840 provides a direct 2U and 4U socket alternative to HPE ProLiant servers. It features turbo-charged analytics and maximizes performance for analytics, dense virtualization, and high-frequency trading, among other demanding workloads.
PowerEdge R940xa boasts extreme acceleration for business insights to drive data center efficiency. The 4U 4S rack solution supports workloads like AI and machine learning, delivering fast response times that enable real-time decisions.
What we learned
Dell Technologies is obviously not resting on its laurels. Michael Dell was clear: The company will keep pushing forward, keep innovating, and continue to give customers a reason to use Dell Technologies’ solutions. We’re going to see a lot of change over the next few years.