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Q&A: Dell Cloud Exec On Red Hat Partnership, Co-Existence With EMC Software-Defined Product Lines And Competition With HPE

Jim Ganthier says Dell's latest enterprise software-defined storage effort with Red Hat will exist alongside software-defined products being added in the pending acquisition of storage giant EMC.

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What is Dell doing to support container technology?

A lot. We're working with Intel and others. We have multiple product and platforms for test and validation. We work with Core, Mezo, Docker and others partnerships. As use becomes more mainstream, you can anticipate we'll start to roll those in as customers ask for predefined offerings. We're making sure we understand the [total cost of ownership], the [return on investment] and other things customers ask for. A couple of folks do it today, but I'd say the next year, year-and-a-half, we'll see the early adopters kick in, once one [platform] becomes the standard within a couple years, we'll see wider adoption. It's the same thing that happened with Linux, and with virtualization, we know who wound up winning that war. This is pretty much the same thing. For cloud native, and born-in-the-cloud, people want to have the capability to move workloads rapidly and be able to take everything with it as an integrated package. Give it a couple of years, and it will be like everything else. We're doing small-scale deployments, and we're starting to see early adopters. It's small now, but it's gathering momentum. There are lots of questions. With technology validation you also need business validation. You want to be able to tell partners and customers when and where it's right to use containers, and we want to be able to have that conversation.

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