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CRN Exclusive: Michael Dell On Software-Defined Upstaging Public Cloud, 'Increasingly Integrating' Dell's Full Portfolio, And Channel Sales Momentum

'We are increasingly integrating the products at a technical level and you see that with Dell EMC, VMware and Pivotal, but we're also doing it across the rest of the family,' says Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell in an interview with CRN.

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Is software-defined going to change the economic dynamics around public cloud? Can on-premise really be more cost-effective than a public cloud?

I think they're related. If you look at the public clouds, what they have done is to software-define everything and automate everything, and then create this interface that's very attractive for developers. Those are great things to do, but they're not unique to the public cloud. So what's happening is this idea of automating everything, software-defining everything, and getting to autonomous operations of infrastructure is occurring all across the computing spectrum. So it's happening in the private clouds, it's happening at the edge, at the distributed core, public clouds, software as a service, managed services – everybody's going in that direction.

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