Better Together: 16 Hot Products From Dell EMC
Market-Proofing The Dell EMC Solution Set
Dell's acquisition of storage leader EMC has created a data center and workplace giant, with market-leading capabilities in the server, PC, storage, virtualization, and private and hybrid cloud businesses.
However, a deeper look into the Dell EMC solution set shows that the company is also a leading developer of technologies that, in conjunction with those of a wide range of strategic partners including arch-rivals like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, give the company a market reach beyond what its direct sales reps and indirect channel partners can offer.
From servers to software, Dell EMC is in a position to capture data center share regardless of whether the Dell name is prominent or not.
For a look at how Dell could potentially dominate the data center and the business center, turn the page.
XC-series and FX-series Servers
Dell’s huge server business gives it the option to build specialized server platforms for future growth. For instance, Dell’s XC-series web-scale appliance is used for the company’s Nutanix software-based hyper-converged infrastructure appliance, while the FX-series allows swapping of compute and storage modules.
XPS 13 Mobile PC
Dell’s XPS 13 shows the future of mobile computing, with a big display in a small package. Powering that high-resolution, 13-inch borderless screen is an Intel Core i7 processor and up to 1 TB of flash storage and 16 GB of RAM, yet the battery lasts up to 18 hours.
VxRail Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Platform
Dell was the first OEM to adopt Nutanix’s hyper-converged infrastructure software stack, yet its future in this market will be focused on the VxRail stack it got with its VMware acquisition. Available since February, VxRail has a solid future as a base for Dell and non-Dell appliances.
Dell Hybrid Cloud System
Between Dell’s servers, the Dell and EMC storage portfolios, VMware, and a host of technology partnerships, Dell is helping channel partners build hybrid clouds for Azure, OpenStack and VMware clouds. It also has a Microsoft-specific option, Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft, which is integrated for Azure.
DSSD All-Flash Storage Platform
The EMC DSSD rack-scale all-flash storage platform is a high-performance solution for turning terabytes of data into information. The first model, the DSSD D5, was just released early this year, giving Dell a platform with a lot of potential for changing the way data becomes information.
Dell also inherits the VCE Vblock converged infrastructure platform, which Dell has said will be central to its future. Vblock is primarily based on EMC storage and Cisco servers, but expect Dell to make several significant changes including solutions based on Dell servers and more customization.
VMware Cloud Foundation
Just introduced in August, VMware Cloud Foundation integrates several VMware software-defined technologies includincompute, storage and networking, into the software-defined data center. And while Dell plans to be a hardware player for years, VMware Cloud Foundation will make it ready to meet the disruption software-defined technology will cause.
NSX is VMware’s software-defined networking technology,and has only started making inroads into a market still very much anchored on networking hardware. Given the importance of networking to all aspects of IT, and a desire to move beyond the hardware constraints, NSX will be a major technology play for Dell.
PowerEdge 13th-Generation Servers
Dell’s No. 1 position worldwide in terms of server shipments for the second quarter (according to research firm Gartner) is built on Dell’s 13th-generation server line, primarily the R-series of rack-mount servers. Dell achieved 19.2 shipment share, growing to 529,135 servers shipped for the quarter.
Dell Scality Object Storage
Dell teams with several software vendors to build storage solutions. The Dell Scality Object Storage solution combines Dell server and storage hardware with Scality RING software to create an object-based architecture that scales to multiple petabytes and billions of objects with linear performance scaling.
Dell is the No. 1 PC shipper in the U.S., and third worldwide for the second quarter, by Gartner’s count. That’s thanks in large part to its Latitude line of business-focused laptop and tablet PCs featuring comprehensive encryption, authentication and malware prevention. The Latitude line also includes several ruggedized mobile PCs.
While Dell has done security for years, its purchase of EMC included RSA, making it a security leader with a wide-ranging portfolio that includes RSA Archer GRC, or governance, risk, and compliance, platform, that combines risk information from siloed risk repositories to identify, assess, evaluate, treat and monitor risks.
Pivotal Big Data Suite
Dell’s acquisition of EMC also makes it a software powerhouse thanks in large part to Pivotal. The Pivotal Big Data Suite, for instance, includes the Greenplum data warehousing solution, the Apache Hadoop-based HDB big data analytics solution, and the Apache Geodebased GemFire scale-out, in-memory application.
Virtustream Enterprise Cloud
EMC also made Dell a cloud infrastructure powerhouse with Virtustream, which provides public cloud, cloud management technology, and Infrastructure-as-a- Service. Virtustream allows customers to run mission-critical business applications such as SAP in the cloud.
EMC not only makes Dell the biggest storage hardware vendor, but also brings an industry-leading software-defined storage technology, VMware’s VSAN. VSAN will increasingly lie at the heart of storage solutions tied to software-defined data centers and the cloud.
XtremIO All-Flash Storage Array
As a part of EMC, XtremIO was the market’s fastest-growing all-fl ash array, reaching bookings of $1 billion in only six quarters of sales. XtremIO, along with other EMC all-flash storage solutions including DSSD, Unity, and VMAX, makes Dell the all-flash storage leader going forward.