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This article was co-authored by Arrow Solutions Architects Mike Lowe and Todd Frederking.

“Another one bites the dust…” – the Dell channel team leaned heavily into Queen for a rock-themed Global Partner Summit that kicked off the 2019 Dell Technologies World Conference in Las Vegas, while Dell Technologies leaned heavily into two major themes during the overall conference: multi-cloud and targeted hardware updates.

Let’s start with multi-cloud. We continue to see public cloud providers differentiate themselves with their offerings. Whether it’s a rich application ecosystem, lowest cost-per-GB storage, or seamless integration with a SaaS offering, gone are the days that customers choose only one cloud provider. Add in the ever-growing choices for private cloud options, and we can see that customers are embracing a multi-cloud world to suit their needs. Dell highlighted this point throughout the conference and addressed this trend with some announcements that show they want to be a part of multi-cloud and simplify the management of multi-cloud for their customers:

  1. Their first major multi-cloud announcement was VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. Available in the second half of calendar 2019, this solution offers limited but soon-to-be-expanded configurations of on premises data center-as-a-service, running on Dell EMC VxRail and powered by VMware Cloud Foundation. Delivered as a pay-as-you go service on Dell EMC hardware and utilizing VMware’s hybrid control plane for management and provisioning of resources, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC easily brings customers closer to IT managed as-a-service.
  2. The second major announcement around multi-cloud was Azure VMware Solutions. Azure VMware Solutions is a partnership to bring comprehensive VMware environment offerings in Azure. Namely, Workspace ONE customers will be able to manage and secure Office 365 applications across devices in the Workspace ONE console utilizing Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory. In addition, Microsoft announced Windows Virtual Desktop leveraging VMware Horizon Cloud running in Azure. We also expect to see the VMware and Microsoft partnership continue with initiatives around NSX with Azure networking and Azure-specific services managed through VMware, but also to come on-premises for VMware customers.

On the targeted hardware side, Dell Technologies focused the majority of their updates around mid-range storage and tools to help you protect that data. For storage, Dell announced the Unity XT family. This is the third hardware iteration within the very successful Unity line. Unity XT generally takes the winning functionality formula of Unity and increases the horsepower. Unity XT upgrades its Intel chipset from Broadwell to Skylake, while also jumping to a dual-socket format built on PowerEdge servers. The 2x increase in horsepower allows Unity XT to fully utilize its advanced data reduction algorithms, now guaranteeing a 5:1 data reduction ratio. There will also be support for NvME in a future software release. Unity XT will be identified by the x80 naming moniker and ending in “F” for the all-flash variants (ie. Unity 380F). Availability is slated for the end of June.

With the announcement of a new storage line in Unity XT, Dell technologies also had new announcements to protect that data. First, the successful iDPA 4400 appliance will now support capacities as low as 8TB. This brings enterprise data protection capabilities to even more customers, with the ability to grow in 4TB increments up to 96TB in a dense 2U form factor. The second data protection announcement came in the form of a brand new product announcement, PowerProtect. PowerProtect was introduced to move the data protection portfolio towards what they are calling a data management offering. PowerProtect software handles backup, replication, copy management, cloud tiering and restores all under one roof. While PowerProtect hardware will utilize both a scale-up and scale-out model to enable linear capacity and performance, it will also utilize machine learning, aiming it towards enterprise applications.

The first in what will be a series of appliances that form the building block of this architecture—what Dell is dubbing “cubes”—is the X400. The X400 is offered in both hybrid and all-flash models, with capacities ranging from 64TB to 384TB in the hybrid and 64TB to 448TB per cube in the all flash. A starting deployment will consist of two cubes. PowerProtect is slated for general availability in late July.

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Last modified: May 24, 2019