CRN Exclusive: Michael Dell On Completing The EMC Integration, M&A Strategy, VMware NSX Synergies, And 'Refocusing' On Storage In 2018


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What are your storage goals for 2018?

We are hiring more storage specialists. There's a ton going on on the product side in terms of innovation. We have the broadest product line in the industry from data protection with Data Domain and Avamar, to the high-end VMAX and XtremIO. We introduced the new XtremIO X2 platform – that's doing very well. We have our midrange products with our SC and Unity, and Isilon and ECS for object storage. One of the big areas in storage is storage inside the server – software-defined storage. There we have VMware vSAN, which I think had eight quarters in a row of plus-150 percent growth – very strong growth once again. Our ScaleIO and ECS is also a software-defined solution. Some part of our server growth is due to the fact that there's tremendous growth in software-defined storage, so integration is on high. We're adding resources in terms of storage specialists, increasingly creating more and more appliances with converged and hyper-converged, and helping our customers realize the hybrid cloud opportunity.




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