What goes on in Vegas...

Las Vegas in late April can only mean one thing: Dell Technologies World 2019!

As ever it was an enormous event with almost 15,000 people in attendance – end-users, partners, distribution partners and vendors.

The vastness of The Venetian/Sands Hotel event complex always staggers me, how they can feed, water, motivate and corral so many people amazes me!

Arrow UK&I teams were in attendance, with many of their partners and this year we hosted an evening at the “Skyfall Lounge” including a balcony, sixty-four storeys up, overlooking “The Strip” as the sun went down. An ideal setting to look over the wonderful Las Vegas skyline.  A fantastic evening was had by all who attended.

Down to business…

There were keynotes galore, and more sessions you could possibly attend! My highlights of the week in “sin city” include:

Day #1

Michael Dell’s keynote speech, with guests including Pat Gelsinger (VMware), Jeff Clarke VP Products and Operations, Dell Technologies) and Karen Quintos (CCO, Dell Technologies). They delved into the future to see what's they thought it was going to look and discussed the role that cloud will play in shaping that future.

To that end the team announced two major initiatives, firstly: “Dell Technologies Cloud”, which aims to integrate datacentre and hybrid cloud technologies with public cloud offerings from the likes of AWS and IBM and others, and secondly “VMware Cloud on Dell EMC” (VMware, vSAN, NSX on Dell EMC infrastructure) – primarily designed for organisations wanting to run their own data centre with a cloud-like operating model.

Day #2

Sam Grocott, Senior VP Marketing for ISG, announced a leap forward for the Dell EMC Unity series – the new Unity XT series. Based on the successful Unity platform, the “XT” delivers up to double the performance with 75% better response times and supports over 50% more virtual desktops without any performance hit. And looking to the future, the Unity XT series are NVMe ready. Customers will seamlessly, and non-disruptively be able to add drives and protocol to their XT systems. NVMe – a key storage technology for the future.

Isilon software and hardware enhancements – Software: OneFS 8.2 and CloudIQ. Hardware: H600 nodes – As data grows organisations are needing bigger and bigger storage solutions, OneFS 8.2 introduces a new scalability limit of 252 nodes/58PB and a whopping 15M IOP! CloudIQ (cloud-based monitoring/analytics app) is due summer 2019. The H5600 node is a new hybrid Isilon node designed to blend performance and capacity without the cost of going all flash. It has been designed to meet the needs for large capacity and high throughput of extreme scale workloads including automotive/autonomous, life sciences, media, backup and archive.

The H5600 uses a dense/deep 4U chassis to deliver capacity up to 800TB per system and is quoted of being able to deliver 8GB/s bandwidth.

Data Protection Solutions

Two major announcements came during DTW 2019 around DPS – firstly Dell EMC announced an 8TB capacity option for the IDPA1 DP4400, furthering IDPA’s momentum and market acceleration.

1: IDPA (Integrated Data Protection Appliance) – helps organisations to protect a wide selection of applications, virtual machines, and databases without the need for a third-party backup solution – on-premise, cloud or hybrid.

The second major DPS solution was the introduction of the Dell EMC PowerProtect X400 solution, a new Integrated Appliance for data management powered by Data Domain’s deduplication and the next evolution of Dell EMC’s trusted protection storage. The PowerProtect X400 is a scale-out appliance, both compute and capacity, scales-up with grow-in-place capacity expansion. 

Available in both hybrid and all flash options, X400 provides all customers with the level of performance they need - even those with the most demanding workloads. The appliance is enabled with machine learning, delivering intelligent load balancing to provide optimal deduplication and performance.


That’s just a snippet of what was announced at DTW2019 – I’ve not mentioned the great entertainment, including Aloe Blacc and Imagine Dragons. Another successful event, great announcements, great networking and such a bright future.