Tech behemoth Dell EMC launched a torrent of new products and services for enterprise client at its Dell EMC World Austin event that wrapped up yesterday. Among the announcements were the new Endpoint Data Security and Management portfolio, new payment solutions for IT procurement, new versions of its Data Domain protection tool, and new analytics suites.
Security Is the Word
Digital security was one of the biggest focuses of the conference, which might have been expected given recent headlines of enterprise network hacks. The Endpoint Data Security and Management Portfolio, for example, allows enterprises to purchase security tools from Dell, RSA, and VMware in one package.
“With our Endpoint Data Security and Management Portfolio, we are solving real customer pain points when it comes to purchasing and deploying security solutions,” said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman of operations and president of Dell’s client solutions group. “Customers have told us they want to consolidate vendors to ease the manageability burden while enhancing their security. That is what we are doing for them.”
Among the capabilities included in the portfolio are data encryption, authentication, cloud data protection, single sign-on features, and behavioral analytics to monitor for suspicious activity.
The company also announced the availability of a new, software-defined version of its Data Domain protection storage service to deliver increased scalability. Data Domain Virtual Edition 3.0 (DD VE), as the latest version is called, runs as a virtual machine and is now qualified to run on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, the company said. The new version is also capable of protecting up to 96 terabytes in a single instance. The company said it has also expanded hypervisor support in DD VE, enabling it to run as a virtual machine on both VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.
Digital Transformation and Roll Out
Cloud storage and digital transformation were also key topics at the event, with Dell EMC launching Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) 3.0, an object-oriented storage platform to make it easier for companies to deploy rapid, wide-scale digital transformation across their enterprise. According to Dell EMC, the latest version of ECS offers a reduction in total cost of operation of up to 60 percent over public cloud storage services.
“Digital change is coming whether the industry is ready for it or not,” said Manuvir Das, senior vice president and general manager of Dell EMC’s advanced software division. “Good news: ECS is purpose-built to help customers transform their data centers — and their businesses — while breaking down data silos, leveraging the flexibility of software-defined storage, and choosing the right cloud formula to store and harness data to help drive organizations forward.”
But software and services weren’t the only stars of the show. Dell EMC also had its share of new hardware to show off, including a new, all-flash version of its Isilon NAS (network attached storage) product. The company is promoting the all-flash storage platform as a way for enterprises to take advantage of increasingly heavy workloads for unstructured data by replacing aging storage infrastructure with faster, more reliable, flash options.