dellemc_logo_prm_blue_gry_rgb-100x18Next in the long list of previews for Tech Field Day 12 is DellEMC – you know, that small company previously known as EMC that provides a slew of products primarily based on storage, backup, cloud and security.  Yeah, well, apparently 67 billion dollars and the largest acquisition in the tech industry ever allows you to throw Dell in front of their name 🙂  November 16th will DellEMC’s first Tech Field Day presentation under the actual DellEMC name – split out we have saw Dell @ 7 events and EMC @ 5 events.   So let’s call this their first rather than combining them both for that dreaded number 13….

Disclaimer: As a Tech Field Day 12 delegate all of my flight, travel, accommodations, eats, and drinks are paid for. However I did not receive any compensation nor am I required to write anything in regards to the event or the presenting companies. All that said, this is done at my own discretion.

We all got a look at just what these two companies look like when combined as the newly minted DellEMC World just wrapped up!   We saw a number of announcements around how things play out while these two companies are now sharing the same playground, summarized as best I can as follows…

  • Hyper-converged – Big announcements around how PowerEdge servers will now be a flavor of choice for the VxRail/VxRack deployments.  Certainly this brings an element of choice in terms of the customization of performance and capacity provided by Dell – to the Hyperconverged solution once provided by EMC.  Same goes for the rails big brother, VxRack.
  • DataDomain – the former EMC backup storage solution will also be available on DellEMC PowerEdge servers.  What was once a hardware appliance is now a peice of software bundled on top of your favourite PowerEdge servers.  On top of that, some updates allowing data to be archived to cloud and multi-tenancy for service providers.
  • Updates to the Isilon series, including a new All Flash version being added to the scale-out NAS system.

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Dell has not be shy as of late at making BIG moves – going private then buying out EMC.  Certainly this transition is far from over – there is a lot of transition that still has to take place in order to really merge the two companies together.  From the outside things appear on the upside (except for the fact that I’m getting a ton of calls from both companies looking to explain everything now) however there are still many unanswered questions as to what will happen with overlapping product lines…  From the inside I can’t really say – I have no idea – all I know is I’m sure it’s not an easy thing for anyone when you take 70,000 EMC employees and throw them in with Dell’s 100,000+ – There will definitely be some growing pains there…

Only time will tell how DellEMC changes the story, if at all at Tech Field Day 12.  DellEMC are up first thing on November 16th – follow along with the live-stream, keep up with all things mwpreston @ Tech Field Day 12 here, and stay tuned on the official landing page for more info!  This is destined to be a good one!  Thanks for reading!