What’s Dell’s networking strategy?
Dell Technologies is very much embracing software-defined networking and it’s very tightly aligned with VMware. When you build a software-defined WAN like VeloCloud, you still have some hardware that it needs to run on. Our networking strategy is to be that fabric and that platform for the software-defined network. We’re integrating networking deeply into our new blade [server] offerings, the PowerEdge MX with a super powerful backplane, and we continue to enhance our top-of-rack switching. Dell has been the leader in open networking, which is the substrate that you run your software-defined network on top of.
Emanating from the strength of the hypervisor, if you want to have a software-defined data center, you have to have a software-defined network. Everybody knows about the software-defined server and software-defined storage. Now there’s this massive growth in software-defined networking. To have a software-defined data center you need all three, and nobody has this position that we have in software-defined data center as a complete capability. When you think about multi-cloud, being able to move workloads back and forth across any environment, you need a software-defined data center. A software-defined network is a fundamental piece of that. It’s a super important part of our overall strategy going forward.