Chad Sakac, Pivotal’s SVP Strategic Alliances, talks with ChannelBuzz about his new role, sorts out the Dell Technologies and Pivotal strategy around PKS, and explains why more of the channel needs to give PKS more attention.
While Canadian customers have a generally accurate reputation for being late technology adopters, Dell EMC execs at last week’s Toronto forum said that they are seeing movement towards newer Dell Technologies offerings.
Dell Technologies’ CEO took questions on a myriad of topics, ranging from the wisdom of doubling down on PCs when the segment is in decline, to why a traditional hardware company believes it to be well positioned for the cloud era.
The new nodes equip VxRack to support OpenStack, and by next year, will support Hadoop and the VMware Photon Platform as well. They also have the effect of being able to turn Pivotal Cloud Foundry into an end-to-end solution for developers.
The new Web-scale object storage platform will extend on-prem EMC storage and backup applications into the cloud, and continue the trend of requiring the assistance of more channel partners than had been the case when Virtustream was acquired.
Many details still have not yet been determined, or cannot be made public, but at EMC World, Dell and EMC indicated some additional information about what the massive new organization would look like, and be called, once the merger is complete.
EMC is also announcing several other programmatic moves, including a Federation Ready designation and expanding EMC’s EMC Ready sales transformation initiative to partners. Their EMC True loyalty program pilot is now being publicized and expanded globally.