D&H is looking to get partners selling these devices in bundles with services and Microsoft software, rather than as separate low margin hardware products, which is how many have been sold in the past.
Solidigm, which is technically a startup, but given that much of their original technology came from Intel, and the rest from South Korean semiconductor giant SK hynix, really isn’t, has broadened out its portfolio, and is looking to broaden their strategic relationships with HPE and other vendors.
Intel CEO Gelsinger and his lieutenants acknowledged that Intel had fallen off in execution in recent years, but has taken aggressive steps, including internal reorganization of the company and building out its supply chain, to make these non-issues going forward.
Dell’s hardware business benefited greatly from organizations, at this stage of their tech rebuild, needing to refresh a hardware base in data centres that was at least two years old, and generally older than that.
A new global study by Spiceworks Ziff Davis into the state of server and client computing devices has found that despite the rise of the cloud, computer hardware still accounts for the largest portion of overall tech spending, at 30% of overall IT budgets.
The expanded 12th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor family adds 22 new SKUs, while the new H series mobile CPUs are aimed at content creators as well as gamers and enthusiasts, and the new 12th Gen Intel Core U- and P-series mobile processors are aimed at the more conventional thin and light market.
The expansion of TruScale into a company-wide offering was part of a major series of announcements, that included the related Hitachi Brain AI service and the Project Unity wireless connectivity framework.
WDD is also emphasizing that OptiNAND is not another hybrid architecture, but a new type of technology that enhances the HDD with flash to improve the drive’s aerial density, performance and reliability.
Intel’s 2021 Architecture Day previewed multiple upcoming products, with the likely highlight being the Alder Lake CPUs, which rethinks multi-core architecture by offering both efficient and performance cores, with a new Intel Thread Director selecting the optimal one to be used.
The main feature of the new program is a new partner portal, which is integrated with Salesforce and provides much quicker access to materials and response times from ViewSonic than was the case in the past.
Some major gaming announcements will have implications for resellers and integrators who work that market, as will a new embedded flash platform for Universal Flash Storage 3.1, while a partnership with Percona around their MySQL Server will be of interest in the enterprise.
D&H has established a new Business Unit around their gaming components and Esports business, and while Esports has been much stronger in the U.S. then Canada to date, they see strong prospects in Canada as well.
The emphasis with the five new offerings, using technology from Addfor, Everseen, cnvrg.io, SAS and NetApp, is on the solutions’ ease of deployment, removing a barrier that has stymied many enterprises from getting AI products into production.
A study commissioned by Intel specifically in Canada found that most channel partners have suffered from the pandemic. There was a fair amount of optimism for the year ahead however, although many partners said they need help to realize emerging opportunities in the cloud, IoT and AI.