HPE’s strategy not fit for multi-cloud world: Michael Dell

Michael Dell believes his company is well placed to beat out the competition in the multi-cloud era (Image Dell)

With revenues of US$91 billion and 157,000 employees, Dell Technologies has rapidly emerged as one of the world’s largest IT companies serving the needs of global corporations and governments to small businesses and consumers.

The emergence of new technologies and maturity level of organizations has led to many companies to have a successful digital transformation journey. With the increased adoption of cloud, AI, SDDC, big data, IoT and other digital technologies, most announcements at Dell Technologies World last week were cloud-centric in line with the new age IT world.

Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell Technologies, a family of businesses encompassing Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream and VMware, kicked off the keynote at Dell Technologies World 2019. Along with Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware; Michael launched Dell Technologies Cloud that will accelerate customers’ multi-cloud Journey and enable consistent hybrid cloud operations across public cloud, private cloud and the edge. 

Pat spoke about VMware Cloud on Dell EMC as the new cloud service combines the simplicity, agility and economics of public cloud with the security, control and performance of on premise infrastructure.

The third big announcement came from Satya Nadela, CEO of Microsoft, on the availability of Microsoft Azure cloud on VMware stack. This extends the Dell Technologies - Microsoft Partnership as the new Azure VMware solutions will offer more choice and flexibility to customers.

Were these big ‘cloud-centric’ announcements made by Dell Technologies to combat the recent HPE - Nutanix alignment on hybrid cloud, IDG India asked Michael Dell during the media and analyst session at DTW. 

In the hyper convergence infra space we have already beaten the competition you mentioned, responded Michael Dell. “Nobody has a better and comprehensive multi cloud strategy than Dell Technologies and VMware together. I think, at least for part of HPE, it seems somehow their old strategy isn’t working so well,” he added.

Michael added that every company has their own strategy to run the business. “In 2014 - 2015, there was a serious fight amongst the competition and we took the first good punch announcing Dell’s intent to acquire EMC (including VMware) to form a formidable end -to -end IT infra company Dell Technologies.” 

VMware Cloud Partner Program has over 4,000 partners, and adding Azure is an important announcement, said Michael. With ‘Dell Technologies Cloud’ console, the customers will be able to seamlessly move workloads across those 4,000 cloud providers and their on premise environments, he explained.

Most announcements around cloud, multi cloud and edge marks a unison of the three tech giants – Dell Technologies, VMware and Microsoft – addressing the colossal multi cloud market.

“We are very focused on making the appliances that can be highly automated and there is big trend towards autonomous operations inclusive of on premise and public cloud. We believe there will be a boom in edge computing with connected factories, smart cities, retail stores of the future, thousands of sensors emitting data, and we have a consistent way of managing these, which is tightly integrated with VMware,” he added.

Michael also said, “With the announcements at Dell Technologies World and the increased momentum of the customers and channel partners globally, we are again well positioned to beat the competition in the new multi cloud era.”

Prime ‘cloud’ announcements at Dell Technologies World 2019

  1. Launch of Dell Technologies Cloud: New cloud solutions powered by Dell EMC and VMware to accelerate Customers’ Multi-Cloud Journey enable consistent hybrid cloud operations across public cloud, private cloud and the edge.

  2. VMware Cloud on Dell EMC Infra: VMware Transforms Data Center and Edge Infra as New Cloud Service combines Simplicity, Agility and Economics of Public Cloud with Security, Control and Performance of On-Prem Infra

  3. Microsoft Azure cloud on VMware stack: With Dell Technologies - Microsoft Partnership, new Azure VMware Solutions will offer more choice and flexibility to customers; Microsoft and VMware collaborate on digital workspace offerings and future cloud integrations.

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