A New Dawn

Presumably you’ve heard the news that something very exciting is on the horizon. We can’t wait to share that news with you in just a few days! But before we dive into September, and all the incredibly exciting change that brings, let’s take a quick look back at what happened in August. Read on to see what the teams have been up to.

VMworld 2016

VMworld is just wrapping up in Las Vegas. During the first day’s keynote Michael Dell took the stage for a brief conversation with Pat Gelsinger to discuss, among other things, the future of VMware. “The open ecosystem of VMware,” he said, “is absolutely critical to its success.”

Jim Ganthier spoke with SiliconANGLE’s The Cube about the private cloud and Dell’s HPC business and how the impending EMC acquisition will alter it.

In the booth we had a number of presentations, including a talk from our customer, Honeywell, on their very powerful solution leveraging the PowerEdge FX2 modular infrastructure platform together with VMware VSAN for use in oil refineries and other mission critical industries.

Validated System for Virtualization

On the second day of VMworld, we announced the Dell Validated System for Virtualization , developed to meet business needs quickly, at high efficiency, and with rock-solid reliability. That flexibility is key to delivering on the promise of a service-defined infrastructure that will enable and accelerate the new service-oriented IT.

Make Smarter IT Decisions

Dell highlighted its Dell Performance Analysis Collection Kit (DPACK) in a recent blog post that allows customers to visualize their infrastructure requirements and then directly compare to some of the most popular reference architectures. DPACK is an agentless, non-disruptive software that runs remotely to gather core metrics such as disk I/O, throughput, CPU utilization, memory utilization, free and used capacity and network throughput. Using this tool, Dell found that combining Dell’s innovative FX2 chassis and VMware VSAN created the most powerful VSAN cluster in the world. The FX2 chassis populated with four FC430 dual socket servers and two FD332 storage sleds with all flash drives proved to provide 16X the performance of the legacy solution. The versatility of VSAN licensing and flexibility of the FX2 chassis networking also stood out and enabled the solution to double its performance to 32X the legacy solution by adding an SC4020 all flash array.

The Path is Open to Software-Defined Networking

The Dell Networking team recently published an eBook on how organizations are using Dell Open Networking solutions to get amazing results. The new eBook called “The Path Is Open to Software-Defined Networking” highlights Dell Networking customers, Cornell University, U2 Cloud, Netsystems and Midokura on how they are protecting their investments, accelerating innovation velocity and increasing business agility.

HPC Leads Manufacturing Innovation

In a blog series, the  Dell HPC team is highlighting the top industries where high performance computing provides the most value. In the second and most recent blog post on the manufacturing industry, Ed Turkel explains that the goal of the HPC System for Manufacturing is to make HPC accessible and seamless for manufacturers of all sizes, allowing them to develop more competitive products with faster time to market, higher quality, and lower cost. According to the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences(NCMS), out of more than 300,000 manufacturers in the US, 95 percent are categorized as small or medium sized (less than 500 employees) and 94 percent of them have not fully adopted HPC. By opening up HPC resources to more and more manufacturers, Dell is helping to enable an unprecedented surge in innovation.

As Dell buckles down for the fall conference season ahead, don’t forget to register for our main conference, Dell World (October 18-20 in Austin). Registration is open. We hope you can make it!

Sarah Vela

About the Author: Sarah Vela

Sarah is the Chief Blog Strategist for Dell Technologies. Born in New York and raised in New England, she has been living and working in the Austin area for over 20 years, but she knows that doesn't make her a true Texan. She joined Dell in the spring of 2011, left briefly for another company, but realized her mistake and returned in November of 2019. Sarah has five kids, two dogs, two cats, and no free time.