I am now a fantastic 90 days into my role as vice president of server solutions marketing at Dell, and wanted to share a behind-the-scenes look into what the server team is thinking about, working on, and reaching for. What’s been most striking to me so far is the focus here on thoughtful innovation – the type of engineering effort and results that are meaningful for customers, whether they’re furthering medical research, powering school districts and universities, or helping athletes perform at their peak.
The server team at Dell pays attention to how our customers use our technology. We’ve had more than 8,000 customer interactions to inform our next-generation server portfolio since our PowerEdge 12th generation server launch in February 2012, a line of servers that garnered more than 50 industry awards for its superior management capabilities, leading performance, and innovation in design.
Accolades for these features and technologies are great, and those customer conversations play a significant role in helping us understand what thoughtful innovation should look like. To understand the changing landscape of IT even further, Dell and Intel have recently commissioned a global survey of IT decision-makers from Penn Schoen Berland (PSB)– the Future Ready IT survey – with representation from small, medium and large companies. A few highlights from this survey include:
The Next Generation Family of Dell PowerEdge Servers
All of which tells me we’re on the right track for our customers, and with our areas of investment for the next-generation PowerEdge servers. As a peek into the future, you can expect those new servers to include:
Part of the excitement of being here is seeing how laser-focused we are in continuing the evolution of the PowerEdge portfolio to help customers deliver world-class IT. According to the Future Ready IT survey, 7 in 10 decision makers are now considering application-specific reference architectures when evaluating converged infrastructure. Even when you consider all the other pieces that go into a converged appliance, these respondents still defer to application performance as the most important factor in choosing such a machine.
When the PowerEdge VRTX launched last year it was the first integrated IT solution designed specifically for office environments, and today counts with customers in over 50 countries on six continents in verticals ranging from education to motorsports. The solution has also garnered over 20 industry awards and numerous positive reviews. We’ve received these types of accolades because Dell listens to its customers and builds solutions that address performance requirements, simplify management, and optimize workloads that scale and for every scale.
The PowerEdge VRTX, however, was only a single step in Dell’s converged infrastructure journey. Expect us to share more about our innovation in this space this year, with converged architecture that has impressed early access testers for the way it’s been built to address a specific customer segment – akin to VRTX – and for its agility and leading scale.
If you have any feedback on how we can help you achieve your IT goals, we hope you can join us at Dell World this fall.
We’re excited to have you on board the team Ravi! I think you really hit the nail on the head in terms of exciting new things coming out in our 13th generation of servers. The thing that excites me most is not just the really cool speeds and feeds but the way we continue to innovate based on the feedback we receive from customers. We’re helping solve solutions in the data center using things like NFC that I believe will completely change the way data centers operate. Great article and I look forward to many more to come!