Dell Technologies World 2019 Conference Recap
More than 15,000 industry leaders and professionals from around the globe attended Dell Technologies World 2019. Held at the Venetian resort in Las Vegas, the four-day event featured opportunities to hear inspiring speakers, see the newest Dell technology, and engage in thought-provoking activities. The conference included inspiring keynote speakers, hands-on labs, free certification exams, a wide array of technical sessions presented by industry experts, and a massive exhibition floor filled with booths showcasing the latest innovative technology from Dell and their partners.
Dell made several major announcements during the conference. Many of the announcements were centered around Dell’s enhanced partnership with Microsoft designed to help customers accelerate their digital transformation journeys. Major announcements at the conference included:
Azure VMware Solutions: Michael Dell, Dell Technologies CEO, Pat Gelsinger, VMWare CEO, and Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, took the stage together to unveil Azure VMWare Solutions, integrated cloud services that enable VMWare to run natively on Azure. Expected to be available sometime this year, Azure VMWare Solutions offers VMWare’s data center stack with Azure’s scalability to deliver seamless app migration, disaster recovery, and application development experiences.
Microsoft 365 and VMware’s Workspace ONE: Dell and Microsoft are making it easier for organizations to use VMWare’s Workspace ONE management tool with Microsoft 365. Integration with Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory enables administrators to manage and secure Office 365 workspaces across devices with VMWare Workspace ONE.
VMware Cloud on Dell EMC: Set for launch later this year, this powerful new consumption-based, on-premise Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service product blends the agility of the public cloud with the simplicity of on-premises workloads. VMware Cloud on Dell EMC tightly integrates VMware’s Cloud Foundation with VxRail, the market-leading hyper-converged infrastructure solution.
Unity XT Upgrade: Built for a multi-cloud world, Unity XT Dell’s next-generation storage delivers unified storage speed and efficiency is available in all flash and hybrid configurations. Improvements announced at the conference include; 2X faster performance, 75% lower latency, improved inline deduplication and compression, improved storage usage, and new capabilities designed for a multi-cloud world.
Data Protection Management: Dell’s newest data management platform includes the PowerProtect X400 appliance and PowerProtect Software. This platform offers a multidimensional integrated data management solution for maintaining data safely and ensuring availability.
A contingent of Cerium engineers and account executives including Chad O’Donnell, Senior Account Executive attended Dell EMC Technology World 2019. Now that he has had time to digest the experience, I asked him to share his thoughts on the event.
I asked Chad about his overall impression of the conference, “This was my first time attending Dell Technologies World, and I was impressed with how they brought everything together.” Chad went on to talk about the compelling speakers and exciting new technologies that were showcased at the event. One session he found particularly intriguing was Optimism and Happiness in the Digital Age, presented by Allison Drew, Chief Marketing Officer for Dell, Eben Shapiro, Deputy Editor of Time.com, Brynn Putnam, Founder and CEO of MIRROR, and will.i.am founder and CEO of I.AM and member of the hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas. “The speakers offered different takes on the ever-expanding partnership between technology and people. Their ideas on how businesses can leverage deeper, richer, and more immersive experiences to make a positive impact on people’s lives were eye-opening.”
I also got Chad’s thoughts on some of the more interesting booths he had visited on the exhibition floor, “One demonstration that caught my eye was the Dell Boomi integration platform. If your company merges with another company and you rely on purpose-built software to run your business, Boomi’s SaaS offering provides integration between disparate systems via a subscription service. This service could have relevance for our clients; for example, a bank running SAP acquires another bank that uses Oracle. With Boomi they can connect the systems to get them talking with each other and working together.”
Near the end of our interview, Chad talked about his key takeaways from this year’s event, “I was energized by the enthusiastic speakers and the innovative demos I saw at the conference. Dell’s vision of moving away from direct sales and embracing the added value that channel partners like Cerium can provide to Dell customers is very encouraging.”
Dell Technologies World 2019 has drawn to a close, but that doesn’t mean the conversations have to end. The conference allowed us to discover Dell’s vision for the future, interact with their latest products, and solutions, and learn more about their strategies for enabling real transformation from the edge to the core to the cloud. Contact us to learn more about the technology insights we gained at the conference and the lessons we learned that can help you innovate faster, increase your efficiency, and create new experiences for your customers.