A flurry of important announcements was made at this year’s Dell Technologies World conference in Las Vegas, Nevada held from April 29 to May 2. As a flagship event of the Dell Technologies family, the conference was a fast-paced, high energy display of Dell’s drive as a major hardware and cloud solutions player on the world stage.
CEO Michael Dell kicked off the conference by focusing attendees on the Dell Technologies family, which now includes Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks,Virtustream and VMware, with each business providing a powerful edge for its customers.
Our main takeaway came when Dell’s Vice Chairman, Products and Operations, Jeff Clarke and VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger took to the stage to share some exciting announcements. First of which was introducing the Dell Technologies Unified Workspace, aiming to revolutionize the way IT admins assist and enable their end users with device selection, deployment, security, management and support through flexible, scalable services and solutions that integrate with any customer environment, regardless of OS, device and cloud environment.
Sounds impressive? It is. Jeff Clarke described it as “… an intelligent solution that told you the specific devices and applications your workforce needs based on their specific usage. Imagine one that then delivers those personalized devices directly to the end user, preconfigured and preloaded with all the apps and security features they need without IT having to touch the device. Now, imagine that same solution proactively helping the end user resolve day-to-day IT issues like password resets, access to applications and lost VPN connections.”
In essence, this new platform integrates software, services and hardware together to make the future of work a reality.
There are 3 main points of consideration regarding the Unified Workspace:
- It simplifies the entire device lifecycle for IT while providing workers with the personalized, frictionless, ready-to-work experience they demand
- Integrates solutions across Dell devices and services, VMware and Secureworks to help businesses ease major end-user computing pain points and focus on transformative initiatives
- Delivers an intelligent, unified approach that provides IT leaders with improved visibility, insights and automation to streamline processes and deliver an exceptional end-user experience ‘
Why is this such a big step in the right direction? Managing infrastructure is one of the foremost challenges IT departments and resellers are dealing with today. Think about it. There are so many devices running on multiple operations systems (OS), along with an ever-increasing number of various applications that need to be managed and secured after they are deployed. Because of these time-consuming issues, IT departments are spending less time working on projects that would generate revenue.
Of course, the solution we’ve been given is the Dell Unified Workspace. This offering can integrate with any OS, device, or cloud environment and the lifeblood of the tool is VMWare Workspace One, an endpoint management tool which handles cloud policy, application delivery, automated patching, monitoring, diagnostics, and more via a unified platform.
Jeff Clarke added that, “Dell Technologies Unified Workspace, the industry’s most comprehensive solution to help IT deploy, secure, manage and support virtually all devices from the cloud.”
Dell Technologies Cloud
Jeff Clarke and Pat Gelsinger weren’t done there. They next announced Dell Technologies Cloud, a new set of cloud infrastructure solutions to make hybrid cloud environments simpler to deploy and manage. Combining the power of VMware and Dell EMC infrastructure, Dell Technologies Cloud removes cloud complexity by offering consistent infrastructure and operations for IT resources, across public and private clouds and the edge, regardless of location.
Basically, companies deploying Dell Technologies Cloud can:
- Increase agility– Employ familiar VMware tools to provision, govern, automate and orchestrate applications across multiple cloud deployment options. This gives organizations workload placement flexibility through a single operational hub across public, private and edge clouds, backed by a broad, global network of cloud service providers.
- Accelerate innovation– Adopt the simple and quick path to deploy hybrid cloud. With VMware Cloud Foundation now available natively on Dell EMC VxRail, Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms offer the industry’s first jointly engineered, hybrid cloud infrastructure stack tightly integrated with VMware’s flexible, full stack HCI architecture. Customers also can opt to extend the cloud experience on-premises by deploying Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 converged infrastructure and Dell Technologies validated storage, compute and networking options.
- Improve cloud economics– Manage applications seamlessly across various clouds while saving time and cost by eliminating unnecessary application re-platforming. Organizations also can align how they pay for IT with how they do business through a range of options to buy, rent or consume IT as a service through Dell Financial Services. IDC research found that Dell Technologies Cloud can reduce total cost of ownership by up to 47% compared to native public cloud.
- Help reduce business risk– Enhance confidence in operations through the delivery of IT services backed by built-in security and automated lifecycle management from the cloud vendor enterprises trust with their most critical workloads. Organizations benefit from the experience and trusted solutions of the industry’s top cloud IT infrastructure provider to improve service levels and deliver on business requirements.
Dubbing itself as the best hybrid cloud solution on the market today, the Dell Technologies Cloud portfolio consists of the new Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms and the new Data Center-as-a-Service offering, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. These enable a flexible range of IT and management options with tight integration and a single vendor experience for purchasing, deployment, services and financing.
It’s designed to solve a problem, let’s say, when a business moves workloads to the public cloud, decides it was the wrong move, and wants to move it back without having to now deal with two non-unified environments for critical applications. The entire process has been streamlined and made seamless in many ways, and based on comments made by Dell executives, it seems to be making an impact already on enterprise clients.
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