Big changes afoot at Dell Technologies in Canada, with Mike Sharun, who had spent the last 23 years at Dell and EMC, announcing he will retire in the spring, with Pam Pelletier named as his replacement.
Dell has unveiled multiple security enhancements which the company is stressing continues improvements being embedded into their technology, with an emphasis here on validating security throughout the supply chain.
The Lenovo ThinkAgile MX1021 is a turnkey HCI appliance designed around the Microsoft Azure Stack for edge use cases, while the ThinkSystem DM7100 is an NVMe-powered unified storage array whose tiering capabilities are well suited to hybrid cloud strategies.
Dell’s channel delivered good performance numbers in their now-completed Q2, but the big news for the channel in the quarter may be a pair of management changes at Dell that are related to larger organizational restructuring.
In addition to the five new servers, which combine the high performance of the new AMD chips with Dell’s own IP, Dell is also announcing related management integrations and new Ready Solutions for HPC on these servers.
The first generation of AMD’s EPYC server processors re-established the company in that market, but was mainly a hyperscaler play. The market for the next-generation will be much broader, and a significant opportunity for Lenovo’s channel.
Phil Vokins, Intel Channel Manager in Canada, emphasized that the new 2nd-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors will greatly expand the ability of Canadian customers to use applications requiring dense memory.
While highlighting its new product, including the new Cascade Lake processors and Optane persistent memory, Intel focused on the way it highlights what they said was a fundamental transformation of the company.
While the sizzle in the new Intel server processors is the new Optane persistent memory, Dell EMC is emphasizing that new systems management software enhancements will optimize its potential over competitive servers.
Lenovo is announcing, and shipping, 15 new ThinkSystem servers and 5 ThinkAgile appliances, which are both optimized to work with Intel’s new Second Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, and add some additional wrinkles of their own.
While its large portfolio of SKUs for any and all use cases has always been a key part of Supermicro’s value proposition to the channel, they are emphasizing their Resource Saving Architecture’s power and saving capabilities in the refreshed models.