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CRN Exclusive: Michael Dell On Integrating 'Extremely Closely' With VMware And Public Cloud 'Rationalization'

"There's been a rationalization of the enthusiasm for the public cloud," said Dell CEO Michael Dell, in an interview with CRN.

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What's your networking vision for Dell VMware?

We're certainly seeing strong growth in software-defined networking and open networking. Those are areas where we have a leadership position. The VeloCloud acquisition by VMware is off to a great start. I believe we have about 2,000 customers now and a leading position in that. But if you step back and look more broadly at what's going on here, the turning of hardware into software in the form of virtualization was a big deal for compute and servers in the early 2000s and was a foundational element of all of what we know today in the infrastructure. We're seeing that same phenomenon now occur in the network. What you can do with management, automation and security by software-defining the network, is absolutely game-changing. Customers are hearing about it. We're quite well positioned to win there.

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