Dell Technologies Information Governance

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Dell Technologies
Information Governance

by Brady Hicks

Docid: 00011546

Publication Date: 2003

Report Type: PRODUCT


Dell Technologies bought storage rival EMC in 2016. This purchase brought
with it access to an extensive portfolio of information governance products that
now composes the bulk of the joint company’s portfolio set. These products are targeted toward managing information in the
modern data center. The collection includes offerings that focus on areas such
as cloud, converged infrastructure, data protection, data storage,
hyperconverged infrastructure, networking, and servers. This report takes a more detailed look at Dell’s
information governance portfolio.

Report Contents:


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Dell acquired EMC’s assets in September 2016.

Dell EMC Company Profile
Information Lifecycle Management Strategy Tutorial

This collection – which has since been rebranded under the Dell
umbrella – includes dozens of products in areas such as Cloud, Converged
Infrastructure, Data Protection, Data Storage, Hyperconverged
Infrastructure, Networking, and Servers.

Generally speaking, these products and services work to manage information in
the modern data center.
The concept of information governance is regarded as a “hot topic” for CIOs and
IT workers due to high cost, inherent risk, and compliance issues, among other
considerations. The area is also particularly important given how departments
and staff must produce and retain large quantities of files while also meeting
data-retention standards. Information governance is also critical as employees
increasingly use their workstations to access popular Web sites, video, chat,
and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter; the dangers of
breaching IT security, company policy, or legal regulations are very real to
information workers.

Data management also, it should be noted, covers the gamut of basic
information storage, from e-mail and voice files on network servers to aging,
tape-based storage systems.

Company Name: Dell Technologies
176 South Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
(508) 435-1000
Toll Free: (800) 782-4362
Fax: (508) 435-5222

Type: Computer Storage Devices
Founded: 1979

Generally speaking, the company’s Information Governance offerings are
designed to offer technology, services, skills, and processes to scale one’s
data, access reliable and cloud-ready storage options, and secure information.
Particular general focuses include:

  • Simplifying – Agility, optimization, and structure.
  • Conquering – Consistent performance, data center costs, and
    storage sprawl.
  • Offering Trusted – Information, assets, and infrastructure.
  • Delivering – Lower OPEX, automation, and digital transformation.
  • Crediting For – Scale-out speed, eliminating silos, and brilliant
  • Reducing – Storage hardware costs, barriers to the cloud, and IT


Dell offers a number of cloud-based information-management services for the
“Multi-Cloud journey.” These offerings are available across private and public
clouds, providing them with a “consistent operating model” that can be used to:

  • Create a multi-cloud strategy.
  • Unify environments.
  • Reduce risk.

Table 1 shows the Dell Technologies Cloud collection.

Table 1. Cloud Portfolio
Dell Technologies Cloud Cloud-Enabled Infrastructure Data Protection for Cloud
Streamline one’s deployment and operation of hybrid cloud environments. The
suite integrates services from VMware for managing across the private cloud,
public cloud, or edge location.
Takes a "data first" approach to cloud-based capabilities for storing and
protecting workloads, and managing the SLA (service-level agreement).
Works to bolster efficiency, resiliency, and scalability throughout the
cloud infrastructure.

Converged Infrastructure

The Converged Infrastructure portfolio offers numerous options to transform
one’s IT environment and operations by blending compute, storage, networking,
and data protection within fully engineered systems and validated designs.

Table 2 lists the products in this particular segment.

Table 2. Converged Infrastructure
Product Description
VxBlock 1000 Consolidate "high-value" workloads and
streamlines lifecycle management via integrated compute, network, storage,
and data protection.
Ready Stack Build continuous integration with validated
designs for connecting to leading components and engineering guidance.
PowerOne Autonomous Infrastructure Modernize traditional cloud-based outcomes with
"all-in-one" simplicity, autonomous operations, and flexible consumption

Figure 1 looks at, in particular, the VxBlock and PowerOne Autonomous
Infrastructure units.

Figure 1. VxBlock and PowerOne

Figure 1. VxBlock and PowerOne

Source: Dell

Data Protection

This portfolio area includes products to create a more secure infrastructure
by optimizing cyber-resilience, managing the "path to recovery," and honing in
on destructive cyberattacks. Key features include:

  • "Modern" Architecture for virtualized workloads.
  • Cloud-enabled data backup and protection.

Table 3 lists the products in this particular segment.

Table 3. Data Protection
Category Description Products
Data Protection and Backup Appliances Protect one’s IT environment and business data
value with options for cloud-enabled protection storage, integrated
appliances, and software-defined solutions.
PowerProtect DD Series Appliances

Data management from edge to core to cloud.

PowerProtect X
Series Appliances

Multi-dimensional scale-up and -out flexibility with the option for
all-Flash performance.

Integrated Data Protection Appliances

Data protection appliance.

Data Protection and Backup Software Data-management and protection for organizations
of all sizes.
PowerProtect Data Manager

Software-defined self-service protection, centralized governance, and
SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)-based reporting and monitoring.

Protection Suite

Comprehensive, flexible data protection.

Data Protection and Backup Solutions Meets specific challenges within the IT
Cyber Recovery

Critical data protection, suspicious activity identification, and data
recovery via management and automation software.


Architected for the modern, software-defined data center with VMware


Recovery and protection for traditional and emerging workloads.

Data Protection for Service Providers

Cloud-based data protection with a DPaaS (Data Protection-as-a-Service)

Data Storage

Dell offers data storage options for streamlining one’s data landscape,
automating data services, and securing data assets.

Table 4 examines Dell’s Data Storage products

Table 4. Data Storage
Category Family Storage Type
Primary PowerMax NVMe (non-volatile memory express)
Unity XT All-Flash Unified
SC Series All-Flash and Hybrid
PowerVault SAN/DAS
XtremIO Data Center
VMAX All-Flash
Data Storage
CloudIQ Cloud-based
ClarityNow Unstructured data
Connectrix SAN SAN
VPLEX Continuous availability and data mobility
PowerPath Server-storage data path management
Storage Resource Manager On-premise reporting and monitoring for
heterogeneous storage environments
AppSync Copy data management
Storage Automation & DevOps Resources Storage integrations with DevOps and
Automation platforms
Streaming Data Platform Software to analyze and ingest streaming data
from the edge
Data Storage Workload Solutions Storage Solutions for SAP SAP deployments
Storage Solutions for AI All-Flash infrastructure for high-performance
ML (machine-learning) and DL (deep learning), at scale
Cloud Storage Services SaaS (Storage-as-a-Service) connected to
multiple clouds for disaster recovery and analytics
Storage Solutions for Oracle Data storage
Data Storage Industry Solutions Healthcare Data Storage Solutions EHR workloads
Media & Entertainment Data Storage Solutions Digital media content
Data Storage Solutions Mainframe Environments Longterm data retention without physical tape
Automotive Data Storage Solutions Automotive workflows

The Unity XT offering, which offers "all-Flash unified" storage under the
"Primary" portfolio, is shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2. Unity XT

Figure 2. Unity XT

Source: Dell

Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Dell offers several options for transforming one’s IT. The company’s Hyperconverged Infrastructure
(HCI) portfolio works to transform operations, using turnkey integrated systems
to accelerate IT outcomes, leverage existing models, and accessing HCI "building
blocks." Brands include:

  • VxRail – Integrated systems to, using VMware, streamline
    operations and evolve.
  • VxFlex – Integrated systems to create a server-based SAN that is
    based on VxFlex OS software for supporting multi-hypervisor environments and
    two-layer architectures.
  • Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack Hub – Integrated
    rack-scale hybrid cloud-based solution for accelerating hybrid cloud
    adoption across Azure Public, on-premise, and intelligent edge deployments.
  • vSAN Ready Nodes – HCI technology that combines PowerEdge servers
    and VMware vSAN.
  • VxFlex Ready Nodes – Scalable, configurable building block with
    "thousands" of configuration options for hardware and software.
  • Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI – Pre-validated
    configurations that include Ready Nodes, Networking, and Windows Server
    2019, via Dell and Microsoft.


Dell offers a series of open networking products for the "modern
enterprise." These offerings are specifically designed to "transform operations"
from "data center to campus and branch environments to the wide area." This
portion of its portfolio includes:

  • Ethernet Switches – Data Center switches, PowerEdge Modular
    System switches, and Campus / Branch switches.
  • Access Platforms – Assorted wide-area infrastructure for
    cloud-based traffic patterns
  • Wireless Networking – Aerohive "Simpli-Fi" enterprise networking
    and Ruckus wireless APs, controllers, and analytics offerings.
  • System Software – OS10 Enterprise and Open Editions of networking
    operating systems for data center, data center interconnect, and campus /
    branch environments


Dell’s lineup of PowerEdge servers include systems for managing scalable
business architecture, intelligent automation, and integrated security. This
family includes rack-based servers, modular infrastructure, tower servers, and
industrial-grade servers, as well as ready nodes, specialty servers, and associated systems-management software.


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Dell’s Information Governance portfolio is primarily designed with the large
enterprise in mind, as it supports the management of content stored in multiple source repositories,
while also helping support and address government or corporate policies. This
includes users in industries such as manufacturing, financial services,
healthcare, and the public sector. 


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Dell’s Information Governance products operate in major IT environments such
as Windows; UNIX versions such as IBM AIX and Oracle’s Solaris; and Linux platforms such
as Red Hat and Novell SUSE. Dell also includes APIs that allow its software to
integrate with NAS systems such as NetApp offerings and disk, tape, and optical
storage devices.


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Dell offers product support in the form of its MyService360 service,
individualized support on a product-by-product basis, downloads and patches, a
community forum, and service center. These channels are accessible by visiting
the Dell product support page. Further Dell support is also available in three different levels: Premium,
Enhanced, and Basic.

Table 5 compares these support tiers.

Table 5. Product
Support Levels
Basic Enhanced Premium
Installation of Operating Environment Updates No No Yes
24×7 Remote Monitoring and Repair No Yes Yes
Hardware Onsite Service Coverage and Response No Next Business
4 Hours
Parts Delivery Next Business
Next Business
Parts Replacement Customer Customer Dell
Global Technical Support 9×5 24×7 24×7
Rights to New Release of Software Yes Yes Yes
24×7 Access to Online Support Tools Yes Yes Yes


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The cost for Dell’s Information Governance products and services are
configuration-dependent. The company asks that interested, potential customers
contact its sales staff
by calling (866) 438-3622.


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Competition comes from companies such as IBM, Micro Focus, and Oracle, among other companies.

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About the Author

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Brady Hicks is an
editor with Faulkner Information Services. He writes about computer and
networking hardware, software, communications networks and equipment, and the

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