Last week in Miami, FL we hosted the Dell User Forum for approximately 750 Dell executives, partners, sponsors and customer attendees. The conference, held annually in the US and Europe, offers an intensive, interactive learning experience across the data center—from servers, storage, and networking to software, services, and converged solutions. Attendees learn directly from the engineers, architects and other experts who design and develop Dell solutions.

There were several announcements that came out of the event; each exemplifying the expansion of our end-to-end solutions portfolio. First, we announced the worldwide availability of the Dell Storage SC4000 Series, which we believe demonstrates our continued innovation to bring full-featured, enterprise-class storage to cost-efficient, high-performing, mid-tier solutions. Specifically, one key differentiator of this offering is that it provides both iSCSI and fiber channel front end connectivity and SAS ports for expandability – and at a cost-effective price point. With regard to timing, the SC4000 Series will be available worldwide during the third quarter of 2014.

In conjunction, we also bolstered our software-defined storage portfolio with the announcement of a new go-to-market relationship with Nutanix. With this new agreement, we plan to offer customers the Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances, which combine compute, storage and networking into a single offering, powered by Nutanix software.  

Second, we introduced a series of new enterprise appliances and integrated systems to drive simplicity and ease of use across the data center, helping customers achieve quicker business insights and agility. The new workload-specific infrastructure appliances and integrated systems dramatically speed deployment, management and time to results for companies of all sizes. These include the Dell Acceleration Appliance for Databases, Dell Integrated Systems for Oracle 12c Database and Dell In-Memory Appliances for Cloudera Enterprise.

Lastly, we announced the expansion of our migration services portfolio with the new Windows Server 2003 Migration Service. As the July 2015 deadline approaches for the end of Windows Server 2003 support, this offering will allow businesses currently running Windows Server 2003 to transition workloads to the Microsoft Azure cloud or Windows Server 2012 R2, while mitigating risk and costs associated with migration.

Reaction from those in attendance was positive. We value the opportunity to interact with our partners and customers at this event – sharing best practices and getting direct feedback. Through our new products and willingness to partner with other leading vendors, we believe we are proving our intent to be a disruptor across the datacenter.

As always, we welcome your feedback and questions.