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Four Things We Learned From Pat Gelsinger at Dell Technologies World 2019


As Dell builds its vision for managing data from the edge to core to cloud, Pat Gelsinger’s VMware is, unsurprisingly, firmly in place as the glue that holds everything together. VMware provides the software which defines the clouds that Dell will sell and manage. These VMware clouds will reside everywhere. At the edge, in the data centre (core) or the public cloud. From Dell’s perspective, they want to be in a position to be with you at each one of these locations.

With VMware being such a pivotal part of the total Dell vision, it makes sense to listen up when their CEO speaks. So what were the four big things we learned when we listened to Mr Gelsinger on Day 2 of Dell Technologies World 2019?

The Superpowers of Tech

Pat believes there are four “Superpowers of Tech” that are shaping our future. These are Cloud, Mobile, AI/ML and Edge/IoT. The combination of these superpowers unlock opportunity and affect change in a way the world has never seen before. According to Pat, companies that are on the “wrong side” of these technologies are going to have an increasingly harder time to survive. When you look at the VMware vision of “any device, any application on any cloud”, you see just why Pat believes these superpowers to be so critical.

 Hybrid Cloud is the Answer For Nearly Every Workload

Pat talked about the laws of physics and economics and contended that you can’t break these laws. As a result, hybrid cloud is the only answer. As an example, analytics will need to increasingly happen at the edge where data is created (e.g. in autonomous vehicles). Pat explained that we can’t change the laws of physics, so the only way to get around latency is to have clouds at the edge. At the same time, we can’t change the laws of economics, and it is clearly more economical to enjoy the economies of scale that storing data at the core will provide. His point being that clouds need to be built and positioned based on need and hybrid, multi-cloud is the only viable answer.

VxRail is the Building Block of the Future

Arguably we could say HCI is the building block of the future, but we get his point, and as you would expect, Pat is passionate about VxRail. The analogy he painted was from his time at Intel, where the CPU was seen as that critical building block. Things have moved on; Given that we need clouds from the edge to core, and everywhere in between, it makes sense that we can build that with plug and play bricks that can start small and scale to massive.

We Must See Application Transformation

Pat understands that the application is everything, and pointed to how Pivotal is helping customers build critical applications that serve the needs of today’s business world. However, he also pointed out that the last time we had consensus on a development platform was Java. According to Pat, the next consensus on application development is Kubernetes, which he describes as the middleware for the cloud era. Building containerised applications which can then run across any cloud platform will be a given, and it’s a key part of that Dell strategy – with PKS via Pivotal being a fundamental part of the Dell Cloud Vision.