Information technology (IT) equipment and infrastructure multinational Dell is providing open infrastructure systems for clients so that they can use any systems, including innovative new systems, that suit their business needs, says Dell Europe, Middle East and Africa enterprise solutions VP Claire Vyvyan.
This open architecture is also enabling companies to leverage their existing IT equipment and systems while deploying innovative and cost-effective IT systems and technologies, including cloud systems, analytics, converged and hyperconverged systems, as well as niche and new technologies.
“Most of the innovations are in software systems and are often designed by start-up companies. The change cycles of IT are accelerating, and the pace of innovation has never been as rapid. This necessitates that IT systems be designed to allow for new systems and technologies to be deployed in companies’ IT systems.”
She says Dell aims to be an end-to-end IT equipment and infrastructure supplier in a flexible, modular and open way, without any proprietary lock-in that will prevent companies from using new technologies.
It is critical to build new IT structures that are adaptable to allow for internal innovation and the use of third-party innovations, evident in the new application environments of businesses, which will be critical for the future of businesses. New and adaptable IT structures are critical for companies to merge their existing IT environments with new IT systems and architectures, Vyvyan adds.
“Dell knows the traditional decks of IT systems currently used by our customers, and that architectures of greenfield deployments would typically be built in completely different ways, such as wholly cloud-based, hyperconverged and software-defined systems.”
However, Dell is also focused on securing all parts of companies’ systems. Security is integral and indispensable to the effective use of IT systems, old and new, to enable the use of new functionalities and capabilities that are increasingly critical to businesses’ operations, such as mobility and analytics, highlights Vyvyan.
Dell also provides open, modular X86 server technology, and acquired IT storage systems and equipment multinational EMC to bolster its dominance in the storage technology space. The company has also provided 4.8 exabytes, or 4.8-million terrabytes, of X86 architecture storage equipment for businesses worldwide, she adds.
“We aim to provide storage and backup, embed security and reduce costs, while designing these systems to support analytics systems. The company also provides enterprise-grade software and hardware support to clients. IT will continue to become commoditised and utilitarian, and the only objective of business is to enable software systems to run as effectively and efficiently as possible.”
The company is supporting and providing open IT architectures, such as those used in hyper-scale data centres, which are not proprietary, and allow for writing directly to switches and reducing networking costs.