Learning about Dell’s OpenStack private cloud offering

November 21, 2014

The week before last I was roaming the expo floor at Dell World and I bumped into Steve Croce.  Steve is at Dell and is the product manager and strategist for our OpenStack private cloud offering.

I got Steve to spend a few minutes with me and give me the lowdown on what we are offering and where Red Hat plays in.  Take a listen.

Some of the ground Steve covers

  • Who’s Dell targeting with our offering and how has that expanded
  • What is the stack comprised of: Hardware, Software and Services
  • Dell IT’s internal innovation lab running Red Hat’s OpenStack distro
  • What can we expect to see in the upcoming year

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now..


Red Hat’s OpenShift PaaS, what its about and where Dell fits in

November 18, 2014

The next interview in my series from Dell World features Julio Tapia of Red Hat.  Julio is a global director for Red Hat’s platform as a service, OpenShift.

I got Julio to give me a quick overview of OpenShift, where Dell plays and what they are planning going forward.

Some of the ground Julio covers

  • Who is OpenShift targeted at and how does it benefit developers
  • The three flavors: Online (Public PaaS), Enterprise (Private PaaS) and Origin (Community PaaS)
  • How Dell is working with OpenShift and the DevOps in a Box they both announced
  • The role Docker plays
  • What’s in store for next year and how their work with Google and Kubernetes will help ISVs

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Talking to Red Hat about how they are working with Dell on OpenStack

November 12, 2014

Last week I participated in Dell World with my trusty Flipcam (yes, I still have one, if it ain’t broke…) and caught a bunch of interviews.  Several, not surprisingly, dealt with the cloud space.

The first  of these is with Red Hat Sr. Solution Architect, Ian Pilcher who was on the expo floor.  Ian was talking to attendees about how Red Hat and Dell are working together in the cloud space.  I got him to give a short overview.

Some of the ground Ian covers

  • How the two companies are working together around OpenStack
  • What are the use cases he’s seeing for the OpenStack solution
  • What is Red Hat doing with Docker (Hint: see Atomic Host)
  • What to expect from Red Hat and Dell vis-a-vis their OpenStack solution

Extra-credit reading

  • Red Hat goes nuclear in Linux container wars with Atomic Host beta – The Register

Pau for now…


Digital Transformation – How to avoid becoming digital prey

November 11, 2014

Last week at Dell World I interviewed a bunch of folks and will be posting these videos in the upcoming days.  On the last day of the event however I got to sit on the other side of the camera and talk about Digital Transformation.

Take a listen below as I explain what I’ve learned and how Digital Transformation is affecting organizations today.

Some of the ground we cover

  • What is “Digital Transformation?”  Why all of a sudden does it seem to be the buzz word du jour?
  • The importance of placing the customer in center of your thinking.
  • Which organizations have transformed successfully and why and who has become digital prey.
  • How does it leverage technologies like cloud, social, mobile and big data/analytics?

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Dell Cloud Marketplace launches public Beta

November 5, 2014

Today at Dell world, we are rolling out the public beta of the Dell Cloud Marketplace.  The marketplace, which is targeted at both sys admins and developers, allows you to set-up, manage, monitor and pay for a variety of cloud services in a self-service model.

The IaaS platforms available at launch are provided by Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Joyent.  Cloud services partners include Docker for application development, Pertino for cloud networking and data management provided by Delphix.

Yesterday before the show kicked off I grabbed some time with the marketplace’s chief architect, Campbell McNeill to learn more.  Take a listen to what Campbell had to say:

Some of the ground Campbell covers:

  • What they learned from this summer’s private beta and how they have rearchitected the marketplace accordingly (focusing on control and governance and leveraging the features of the Enstratius acquisition).
  • A market place catalog where you can get apps running in Docker containers and then run them in the cloud of your choice.
  • Providing developers with agility while at the same time giving those tasked with security and compliance a governance control plane.
  • Sign up today and get $500 free credit and give us you thoughts and help us to further refine improve the marketplace.

Extra-credit reading

  • Dell Cloud Marketplace: Many Clouds, One Dashboard — InformationWeek
  • Dell launches into cloud brokerage market with Cloud Marketplace — ZDNet
  • Dell Tests Public Cloud Waters With Beta Marketplace Offering — CRN

Pau for now…

 


Dell Does Digital, unveils Digital Business Services line

November 5, 2014

Last year at Dell World we talked about our approach to Digital Transformation.  This year however we have put it front and center and the theme is woven throughout the show.

Today at Dell World, supporting this increased focus, Dell Services is unveiling a new dedicated service line called Digital Business Services (DBS).  This service line is focused on helping organizations better understand and serve their customers through digital technologies.

To get a better idea of what Digital Transformation is all about and how Dell can help customers with this transformation, check out this short video:

A little more digital detail

The new Dell Digital Business Services line includes both Digital Transformation Consulting as well as Digital Technology Services.  DBS leads with consulting to help companies determine their needs and then creates a tailored roadmap that leverages technologies such as analytics, mobile, social media and cloud as well as emerging trends like the Internet of Things.

The DBS team brings together best practices from Dell’s analytics, cloud and mobile solutions, IP from our end-to-end portfolio, partnerships as well as our learnings as an online and social pioneer.

If you’re interested in learning how Dell can help you adapt to a digital-first approach to better understand and serve your customers ping us here.

Pau for now….

 


Chatting with the leaders of Major League Hacking

October 27, 2014

The weekend before last, the Major League Hacking crew helped put on a hackathon at the University of Texas.  The event drew over 700 students organized into close to 100 teams.

Major League Hacking, which Dell helps power, is the official collegiate hackathon league and puts on more than 50 hackathons across the US, UK, and Canada per semester.

In advance of the event I got to have lunch with MLH’s commissioner, Mike Swift along with co-founder Jon Gottfried.  After we ate I grabbed some time with the duo to learn what MLH is all about.

Some of the ground Swift and Jon cover:

  • What is Major League Hacking and what’s a hackathon?
  • How did Dell get involved and what role did project Sputnik play?
  • How the U Penn hackathon beat out the triple deterrents of Valentines Day, the release of House of Cards and two feet of snow
  • MLH’s plans for global domination
  • The power of learning from fellow students and the community

Pau for now…


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