The Similarities Between Back-to-School and Cloud Computing

Back-to-school looks different this year at the Patil house, and for many families around the world. My son and daughter are starting off the school year fully virtual. Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed an interesting shift. Despite learning at home, my kids say, “I’m going to school.” Until recently, to most of us school meant a physical place. This year has taught us that school is really a set of experiences – reading, listening, teachers, classmates, assignments, and so forth. I’m hyper aware of this mind shift, because a similar phenomenon is happening in cloud computing. Increasingly, “cloud” is viewed as an operating model – a set of experiences – rather than a destination.

Dell Technologies is uniquely positioned to bring the cloud operating model to wherever our customers’ workloads are – in their datacenters, in public clouds and at the edge. The core experiences of the cloud operating model (elastic infrastructure resources, modern commerce, resource delivery as-a-service, simplification of IT, democratic access to software development tools) can, and should, be delivered everywhere customers run workloads.

This ability to deliver the cloud operations organizations need consistently and seamlessly between and across any cloud – private, public or edge – has driven us to make a steady stream of Dell Technologies Cloud announcements this year. On September 29, we announced several cloud innovations for VMware environments, designed to help customers better protect, manage and support traditional and modern applications across edge locations, core data centers and hybrid clouds. These tightly integrated solutions span our infrastructure portfolio with advancements to our hyperconverged, storage and data protection offerings to better meet our customers’ modernization needs.

As a long-time proponent and early adopter of cloud computing, there are two things that excite me most about the announcements Dell Technologies and VMware made:

  1. The release of the VMware’s Tanzu Portfolio is a game-changer for developers and IT admin alike. With the ability to develop and run cloud-native, containerized, applications alongside traditional applications, huge operational efficiencies are realized. Teams can use existing technology, tools and skillsets on their journey to Kubernetes adoption.
  2. With continued focus on intrinsic security advancements that are resilient, self-defending and built-in, more industries than ever can enjoy the benefits of cloud operations. The list will only continue to grow as more industries and more organizations realize the value in running each workload in the location and on the infrastructure that best meets its needs.

We’re committed to delivering simple, seamless and consistent experiences between and across clouds for our customers, regardless of vendor. Our focus on hybrid cloud and our partner ecosystem is what will continue to solidify our best of all clouds promise.

Join us on October 21 at Dell Technologies World to learn more.

About the Author: Deepak Patil

Deepak Patil is the Senior Vice President of Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms & Solutions. In this position he leads the cloud business strategy, planning and engineering teams to provide customers with a consistent and effortless way to operate and manage across all cloud operating models – whether on-premises, in public cloud environments and/or at the edge. Deepak is a proven leader in the cloud space with more than 20 years of experience creating and scaling cloud platforms and services. Prior to his current position, Deepak served as Virtustream’s Senior Vice President of Cloud Platform and Services where he led engineering, services and infrastructure organizations. Prior to Virtustream, Deepak spent three years at Oracle where he built and delivered Oracle’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform and led engineering investments for Oracle’s industry verticals. Deepak joined Oracle from Microsoft where he served for 16 years in various engineering leadership roles. He was one of the founding members of Microsoft Azure where he led engineering efforts focused on infrastructure design, global expansion strategy, capacity and capital planning as well as strategic customer engagement. Deepak is a graduate of the College of Engineering in Pune, India.