A modern, automated, and transformational data center infrastructure is the key to businesses moving forward with the cloud and modern applications.
That's the word from Dell EMC President David Goulden who told attendees of this week's Dell EMC World conference that businesses need to move forward with their digital transformation, but only a few have done so.
Goulden also used his keynote to provide an overview of Dell EMC's new products, including the company's upcoming 14th generation of PowerEdge servers, a series of new storage products featuring increased use of flash and cloud technology, and new financial options for customers looking to adopt the latest technology.
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Goulden, citing a survey of 1,000 businesses from analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group, said that most businesses have started the process, but only 5 percent have finished it.
CIOs are increasingly being asked to decide how to transform their business for modern infrastructures, and to look at when to use the cloud versus stay on-premises, Goulden said.
"This is where CIOs find themselves today: between a rock and a hard place," he said.
To be ready, Goulden said, businesses need to go through a three-step process: modernize the data center, automate it and transform it.
At the highest level, IT is all about the applications which are increasingly being run on a cloud, he said. "Of course, clouds run on IT infrastructures: services, storage, and networking," he said.
Dell EMC has a three-pronged strategy to help customers go through their digital transformation, Goulden said.
The first is to develop the right cloud strategy to meet diverse application needs, including the needs of general purpose applications, new cloud-native applications, and especially mission-critical applications, Goulden said. "These applications are often run on specific infrastructures that support these applications," he said.
Dell EMC has taken a leading role over all three application types, Goulden said.
For the vast majority of applications, Dell EMC offers its own hybrid cloud offering called Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, a turnkey platform based on VMware technology, Goulden said.
For mission-critical applications, the company offers Virtustream, which provides a public cloud infrastructure specifically designed for applications that require reliability. he said. Dell EMC on Monday introduced a new healthcare-specific version of Virtustream, he said. Sometime this year, Dell EMC will introduce the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud for Virtustream, he said.
Dell EMC's Pivotal technology offers a base on which modern cloud-native applications can be built, Goulden said. Pivotal has partnerships with Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft Azure, he said.
Dell EMC's second strategy is providing the data center infrastructure, which Goulden said is for many companies the first step in getting ready for the cloud. Dell EMC is using this week's Dell EMC World to roll out a wide range of new products to help customers modernize that infrastructure, he said.
"No one else is spending close to what we are spending on R&D," he said. "And nobody is innovating like we are."