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Reading Time: 3 minutes Finally the Dell – EMC fusion has started and, as announced on May 2016, the new big company will be called Dell Technologies and will include all those companies: Dell, the new DellEMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, VirtuStream, VMware. As also, as announced some months ago, Dell Software will not be part anymore of this big picture.

Reading Time: 2 minutes So the rumors were true: Dell is going sell the Dell Software division to Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, and Elliott Management Corporation. Just few months ago Dell sells Perot Systems unit to NTT Data at loss of $800 million, and with this new move is going to make as much cash is possible for the Dell-EMC deal. Both moves are clear and clever: Perot was never been integrated in Dell services (at least non in all counties) and Dell Software was already an independent division. Probably there will something else that will be sold, but lets […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Also if is not yet clear the impact of the EMC acquisition by Dell, at least in the storage portfolio, seems clear that the Dell storage strategy for the next years will be Compellent centric, with the position of this type of product also as a future replacement for the PowerVault MD3 and EqualLogic. Dell storage portfolio has slightly change with the introduction of the SC4020 (as a mid-size solution) and then the SC2000v as a entry level solution. And also the new SC9000 at a high level position.

Reading Time: 3 minutes One year ago Microsoft announced the Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), also know as a Microsoft’s cloud in a box. CPS introduces a validated, ready-to-run, optimized solution that features Microsoft software stack of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure Pack strategically coupled with Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell Storage and Dell Networking in an integrated, cost-effective appliance. Also CPS prove an Azure-consistent cloud experience, because has been architected for agility and resiliency based on the experience gained from Azure. CPS offers consistent public, private, and hybrid cloud experiences for maximum flexibility.

Reading Time: 4 minutes The big news from the European VMworld event was something external to the VMworld event, but with some possible impacts on VMware (and of course for VMworld). Dell is going to acquire EMC for around $67 billion!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) for VMware is a VMware vCenter plug-ins that allows administrators to manage their EqualLogic groups and coordinate data protection and recovery within their vSphere environment. The Dell VSM is a virtual appliance that is downloaded as part of the all-inclusive Dell EqualLogic software support and can be installed into an existing VMware vCenter environment. The management can be done both within the vSphere Client (for old versions) or the vSphere Web Client (basically VSM management it’s just a web oriented interface). Actually exist two main versions of this product:

Reading Time: 7 minutes Dell Storage portfolio has grown in those years, also from some acquisitions (EqualLogic and Compellent) and some partnership (like the recent one with Nutanix for the XC Series) becoming more complete and spread. Actually there are three main lines in the “traditional” storage world that include: MD3 series (based on NetApp technologies), PS series (based on EqualLogic) and SC series (based on Compellent). And new solutions for the hyper-converged world, including the XC series and VMware EVO:RAIL appliances (but also other partnership, like the one with Nexenta or RedHat).

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dell announced an expansion of its 13th generation PowerEdge servers, in the top line adding new four-socket servers to its portfolio. The new servers are: PowerEdge R930 (rack server), PowerEdge FC830 (for the FX converged platform), PowerEdge M830 (for the M1000e modular system) and PowerEdge M830P (for the VRTX converged system). The Dell’s servers porfolio also included several other solutions, for those are all the four-socket configuration for the new latest generation of products line.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Some months ago Dell announced a new server architecture that combines characteristics of both rack servers and blade servers into a new architecture: this new converged architecture is called PowerEdge FX. This was not the first that combine both rack and blade server concept in a single architecture: first Dell product to do this was the Dell PowerEdge VRTX (it also combine the tower form factor). But the FX is something different: this platform was not designed to replace Dell’s blade server portfolio, it’s designed for better density and scalability compared to the M1000e blade system. It’s […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dell’s networking portfolio was historically made by a Dell PowerConnect series for the switches in the SMB and mid-size target and the PowerConnect-W for the wireless offer. Some years ago there was also a PowerConnect-J series with the (temporally) partnership with Juniper (before the Force10 acquisition). The Dell Force10 was positioned in the top of the networking offer with several products both for the traditional networking approach (core, aggregation and access) and also for the emerging model (leaf-spine). But recently the entire networking family has been re-organized and renamed with new names, a clear positioning […]

Reading Time: 6 minutes Dell has just announced the new generation of PowerEdge servers: the Dell PowerEdge 13th generation server portfolio features customer-inspired engineering built to optimize price performance for the widest range of web, enterprise and hyperscale applications, and features state-of-the-art advancements in storage, processing and memory technology coupled with industry leading systems management capabilities. The first wave of the new Dell PowerEdge servers includes the PowerEdge R730xd, R730, and R630 rack servers, the M630 blade server, and the T630 tower server, which are built with the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 processors. Combined with Dell’s end-to-end portfolio of […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Nutanix does not need presentation: it’s one the first example of hyper-converged storage architecture and probably one of the most know (for an overview see this post). Dell also does not need any presentation and their storage portfolio has some interesting products, included PowerVault MD (based on NetApp technologies), other PowerVault products, EqualLogic and Compellent solutions. This week Dell announced is new partnership with Nutanix to provide a new series of their converged appliance built on Dell servers and powered by the Nutanix software extending Dell’s SDS portfolio. This is another step for Dell into […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you use SSD disks connected to a RAID controller like the Dell PERC (common in most Dell PowerEdge server), is common that the disks may be not recognized as SSD on the upper level. Because this type of RAID card cannot have a pass-thought feature (or VSAN friendly in VMware world) and is threated as a common virtual disk. If the purpose is just add the SSD as a cache system, you can use the integrated (in most recentrly PERC) feature: CacheCade is used to improve random read performance of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) […]

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