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Michael Dell On HPE GreenLake: ‘We’ll Let Our Share Speak For Itself’

In an interview with CRN, Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell talks about VMware’s Kubernetes strategy, China tariffs, and why the Dell Technologies Cloud is the best hybrid cloud platform in the world.

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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.

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