Dell World 2014: The 4 most notable data center announcements

Dell World 2014: The 4 most notable announcements

From Nov 5th – 7th 2014 I attended Dell World 2014 held in Austin, TX. Outside of the fact Michael Dell is well known for loving 80s music (2013 was Billy Idol, this year Duran Duran headlined a night that open with Weezer), Dell also made number of revolutionary Enterprise announcements at the event and I’d like to take you through 4 of the most notable:

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Integrating the cloud into your business [ IBM ]

In the world of enterprise applications, cloud computing is indisputably – forgive the pun – on the rise. In fact, IDC reports that cloud applications are the fastest growing sector of software with a forecasted compound growth rate of 27 percent from 2009 through 2014.1

In spite of the warranted hype, however, the majority of enterprise applications are still on premise – or “on the ground.” So while cloud may be heir apparent, Gartner has reported that in 2009, Software-as-a- Service – which is cloud-based by definition, still only represented 3.4 percent of total enterprise application spending.2 The reality, therefore, for most organizations is not simply jumping on the cloud bandwagon but instead finding agile, flexible solutions that can integrate existing, on-premise applications with new cloud-based ones. In other words, it’s a hybrid world for the foreseeable future.

To be sure, there are certainly a ton of cloud/on-premise integration challenges in application interoperability, development productivity, management efficiency, flexibility and scalability. But by automating the sharing of data between applications, integration can help streamline business processes for improved efficiency and performance. Integration can also provide business agility, giving companies the flexibility to easily adapt to changing needs. And it reduces IT costs by freeing IT resources from time-consuming, low-level integration tasks for higher value projects. [Read more…]