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Dell Technologies World 2018: It’s all about Transformation


ell Technologies World 2018 was bursting with discussions and concepts around Hyper-Converged, All-Flash, Isilon, Dell EMC Cloud and Microsoft Azure Stack, Cloud Flex for HCI and more. I have advised technology organizations for the past 25 years. Of all the messages from Dell Technologies World, the most noteworthy idea presented was transformation.

Clients have been talking about it as much as I have– IT is evolving at an astonishing rate.

Highlights from Dell Technologies World 2018:

While Digital Transformation has been a buzz word in the industry for a while, at Dell Technologies World, transformation is presented as a four-pronged approach:

  • Digital Transformation – All processes are moving into compute resources
  • Workforce Transformation – Workers are no longer confined by location; work isn’t a place but rather an activity
  • IT Transformation – Everything is automated
  • Security Transformation – Because everything is moving and connected, threats affect us now at newly fundamental levels, and become automated

At Dell Technologies World 2018 people were discussing EVERYTHING becoming a service. This includes Infrastructure (IaaS), Desktops (DaaS), Platforms (PaaS), Cloud services, etc. Add to that software-defined EVERYTHING, and you get Software-defined Data Center (SDDC), Software-defined WAN (SDWAN), etc.

All this transformation sounds daunting to say the least.

However, infrastructure teams need not worry about their jobs (as I used to). If we have learned anything from the past, it is that automating commodities does the opposite of eliminating jobs. Rather, it increases capacity for productivity. It also provides new ways of doing things.

Transformation is Positive Change

All of this is good news. According to Dell Technologies World 2018, the infrastructure team is not being eliminated; it is being redefined. For example consider the automotive industry. The person tasked with installing mufflers is now the person keeping the robot running that performs muffler install. More jobs are needed —often more technical—leading to exponential productivity.

And this is nothing but good news to over-busy CTOs, CIOs, and IT Directors.

If organizations in the public sector, education, SMB, commercial or enterprise are not thinking about cloud-enabled solutions, they are already behind. The right cloud solution will save your team time and money. It will make your network immediately more stable and more secure.

Rather than feeling threatened by outsourcing some IT, re-allocating/consolidating staff hours is a major benefit of cloud hosting. The personnel managing your data center resources, including server/storage/networking hardware, can be reassigned to more productive areas, such as managing applications and user interactions.

The Logical Front Unique Hybrid Cloud Approach

The unique hybrid approach offered by Logical Front includes multiple data centers, providing computer/storage/network resources in a way that feels like cloud, but is much less expensive, more flexible, and easier to co-manage. As we learned at Dell Technologies World 2018, we all need to transform how we think about what’s happening to IT and adapt. If we do, the rewards are boundless.

At Logical Front, transformation is our speciality. We tailor solutions to meet the exact needs of our clients for a fraction of traditional cloud providers. Email us to learn more

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