What Attendees Took Away from EMC World 2016, Besides Swag

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2016-05-06
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    What Attendees Took Away From EMC World 2016, Besides Swag

    New storage, hyperconverged systems and cloud technologies, along with a new company name, were some of the highlights of the final EMC World, held this week in Las Vegas.
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    Guess What? EMC Wants to Renew Your Storage System
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    Guess What? EMC Wants to Renew Your Storage System

    EMC was quite clear that the day of the spinning hard drive has passed. How do we know this? Well, HDDs weren't mentioned at any point during the week. New-gen data centers are all about all-flash solid-state storage, which only three or four years ago was still too expensive for most midrange companies to afford. But new production techniques and high demand have lowered prices while quality has improved. As buying cycles progress, more and more solid-state storage will populate enterprise IT.
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    Two Old Friends, One Newly Converged Company
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    Two Old Friends, One Newly Converged Company

    EMC CEO and Chairman Joe Tucci (left) and Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell enjoy a standing ovation from 3,000 conference attendees at the opening keynote. Tucci, 68, who has been EMC's top executive for 16 years, was gracious in saying good-bye to employees, customers and partners. After the merger closes in October, he will serve as an adviser to the company. Dell lauded Tucci's leadership of the world's top-selling storage maker.
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    New Name: Dell Technologies
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    New Name: Dell Technologies

    "We wanted to convey a family of businesses and aligned capabilities, and as family names go, I'm kind of attached to Dell," Michael Dell said during his Day 1 keynote. "So after the close of the transaction, our family of businesses will be officially known as Dell Technologies. It's got a nice ring to it." Dell Technologies will comprise Dell, EMC Information Infrastructure, VMware, Pivotal, SecureWorks, RSA and Virtustream. The client solutions business will be branded Dell. The combined enterprise IT business will be named Dell EMC.
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    Unity Priced for the Midrange at $18K
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    Unity Priced for the Midrange at $18K

    The biggest new-products news of Day 1 of EMC World 2016 was about the new Unity midrange all-flash array. The new systems hold up to 80TB of capacity and provide full enterprise capabilities for about $18,000, EMC President of Products and Marketing Jeremy Burton told reporters and analysts. "That price is about half the cost of the nearest competitor, as far as we can tell," he said.
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    VCE's Hyper-Converged VxRail Gets Refreshed

    VCE, founded in 2009 as a partnership of EMC, VMware, Cisco Systems and Intel, has become one of the world's top-selling hyperconverged server/storage/networking hardware makers. EMC bought out Cisco a couple of years ago, Intel has dropped away and VMware now only owns a small fraction of the company. VCE, with its VBlock, VxRail and VxRack products leading the way, is nearing a $2 billion per year run rate for the parent company. There was a lot of interest in VxRail at the conference; users basically plug them in, connect, set policies and let them run themselves.
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    Welcome to the Innovation Area
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    Welcome to the Innovation Area

    This pavilion was dedicated to EMC partners, who demoed their products for reporters, analysts and developers alike. Visitors were able to get their digital portraits taken and transformed into "Avatar" characters, take some virtual golf swings on a Callaway driving range and check out the Virtustream enterprise cloud. Intel, Dell and a number of other companies also showed some of their new projects here.
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    ScaleIO Will Power New Storage
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    ScaleIO Will Power New Storage

    EMC acquired ScaleIO in 2013. The company's software-only Elastic Converged Storage product enables enterprise to pool flash resources across high numbers of servers. The software can converge solid-state disks (SSDs), hard-disk drives and PCIe-based flash cards to create virtual storage-area networks (SANs). ScaleIO is the core storage engine inside VCE's VxRack, giving the system its scale-out block-based storage file system. It also runs VCE's new VxFlex and Neutrino Nodes systems, announced May 3. The company describes Neutrino as a "turnkey OpenStack system."
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    EMC's Idea of 'Modernized' Data Center
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    EMC's Idea of 'Modernized' Data Center

    This involves the combining a hybrid cloud software platform with VCE VxRack Neutrino nodes and converged VxRail all-flash storage. Automation throughout and centralized controls are key features.
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    Virtustream Jumps Into a Very Competitive Market
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    Virtustream Jumps Into a Very Competitive Market

    EMC on May 2 launched Virtustream, a global, hyperscale storage cloud to compete in a huge, emerging market with IBM Softlayer, Oracle Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and a few others. Virtustream (pictured is founder Rodney Rodgers) provides a layer of cloud-management abstraction that sits above the virtual machine management layer and affords more accurate controls for administrators, according to the company. In controlling that layer in the stack, Virtustream sets itself apart from other cloud management offerings.
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    Joe and Michael Meet the Press
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    Joe and Michael Meet the Press

    Joe Tucci and Michael Dell met with members of the international press and talked about everything from the markets to products to what customers can expect to see in the coming months. Tucci said he will still stay on as an adviser after the merger is completed next fall.
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    Here's the International Press Now
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    Here's the International Press Now

    It was a relatively crowded press area this year, largely because it was the last EMC World. Several hundred analysts and journalists from all over the globe attended.
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    Duran Duran Provided the Music

    Pop rock group Duran Duran, fronted by Simon Le Bon, performed at the conference. The highly successful and popular group made its debut in the early 1980s and were a key part of the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the United States. Their popularity was still evident during the EMC World show.
 

EMC World 2016 was the last such conference of that name. Next year, the show will be called Dell EMC World and will be at the Venetian/Palazzo/Sands Expo Center, combining Dell people and products and the 10,000 EMC customers and partners who filled the conference halls this past week. There was no question about the passing of the baton on the morning of Day 1, when longtime EMC CEO and Chairman Joe Tucci and Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell shook hands to a standing ovation (see Slide 2). When Dell patted Tucci on the back and Tucci left the stage, the newly renamed Dell Technologies (see Slide 3) started looking ahead to a new era. The theme for the four-day conference was a simple one: Modernize. This was a not-too-subtle suggestion to customers to stick to the conventional three-year IT hardware buying cycle, by which most companies set their budgets. There were a number of other highlights at the May 2-5 event, and we take a look at the most important ones in this eWEEK slide show.

 
 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 

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