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Michael Dell On The Impact of China Tariffs, Public Cloud Backlash And VMware Synergies

"As much as 80 percent of the customers across all segments – small, medium, large – are reporting that they're repatriating workloads back to on-premise systems because of cost, performance and security," said Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell in an interview with CRN.

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Are you seeing public cloud repatriation, where customers are moving more workloads from the public cloud to software-defined data centers?

We are. In fact, we highlighted this at our recent analyst day. There is a fairly significant amount of repatriation going on. As much as 80 percent of the customers across all segments – small, medium, large – are reporting that they're repatriating workloads back to on-premises systems because of cost, performance and security.

Are you surprised by that? It seems like you've called this all along.

You know, go back and replay the tapes from 2014 and 2015 when we were talking about this then. It's one of the reasons why we made a big bet on Dell EMC and VMware. And it's playing out in a way which is consistent of what we thought. So there you go.

 
 
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