Dell EMC’s 2020 Server Trends & Observations

The tailwinds across West Texas continue to hint at IT growth during this age of digital transformation. Humans have developed an insatiable appetite for compute. Whether it be the latest gadget on your wrist, in your hand, in your car, at home, in the office office, or at the data center – compute is at the heart of almost everything that touches our everyday life. Compute has been the fuel of the digital revolution. But the question remains, how do we keep IT advancing?

In April 2005, Gordon Moore stated in an interview that Moore’s Law cannot be sustained indefinitely: “It can’t continue forever. The nature of exponentials is that you push them out and eventually disaster happens.” Humans are a resilient species, constantly innovating, and in the case of Moore’s Law, finding ways to delay the inevitable. In the world of computer architecture and in particular Server, it is this quest to avoid the “eventual disaster” that propels us to advance technology and to observe the challenges around us so we can delay (or work around) the inevitable.

With that said, at Dell EMC in the Server and Infrastructure group, our outstanding group of senior technologists have come up with their 2020 edition of Dell EMC’s 2020 Server Trends & Observations Report found here (pdf):

Dell EMC’s 2020 Server Trends & Observations Report

In this report the 12 biggest trends and observations from “data is king” to “the rack’s the limit” to “money for nothing, chips for free” and more are covered in more detail than can be conveyed in a short blog post.

If you have questions, want to go deeper, or want to understand the Dell EMC server family, please contact one of our friendly sales representatives. For more musings please follow me on LinkedIn or visit my other blogs.

To learn more about PowerEdge servers, visit the PowerEdge Server page, or join the conversation on Twitter.

Hope you enjoy this year’s edition.


PowerEdge & Microsoft: Better Together at Microsoft Ignite 2019

This is a big year for the Microsoft community with two of the most ubiquitous platforms – Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 going End of Support. That’s sure to be a hot topic at Ignite 2019 next week (November 4-8) in Orlando, Florida.

If you’ve visited Dell Technologies at a trade show, attended a roadshow, or even listened to one of our webinars throughout the year, you’ve seen our Real Transformation booth. There’s never been a clearer “this just got REAL” moment like facing an End of Support event. So we’re taking that theme to the “House of the Mouse” and looking forward to some engaging discussions.

Dell EMC and Microsoft have been partners for more than three decades, and today we’re doing more exciting work together than ever before. That’s in part due to the fact that the challenges for our customers have never been greater. And that gives us a chance to bring more than just world-class infrastructure to the market by offering solutions combining the best in hardware, software, services and management tools to address those complex challenges.

Dell’s partnership with Microsoft goes back more than thirty years during which time we’ve co-developed innovative hardware and software solutions with the goal of simplifying IT for our customers. Never has this been more important than today where hybrid cloud, AI and hyper-converged infrastructure are making it even more challenging for organizations to keep pace with change. Looking ahead to the release of Microsoft SQL Server 2019, we have been testing early versions of the software and the results are amazing. On the latest generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers, we’ve seen upwards of 2.7x transaction processing speed. 1 This is an early indication of the power of our platforms and the strength of our partnership with Microsoft. We are looking forward to a very engaging Ignite and hope you will come speak with us at the event! – Chad Fenner, Senior Director, PowerEdge Product Management

From a PowerEdge perspective, we have plenty of cool things up our sleeve that we’re excited to share with you. I don’t want to spoil the fun, but here’s a preview of what’s happening with PowerEdge at Ignite:

Dell Technologies Booth # 1547

If you’re in Orlando, come see us in the Dell Technologies booth! We’ll have experts ready to answer all of your End of Support questions, in-booth theater presentations, and some cool giveaways. We’ll have some of our new hardware including the PowerEdge MX that you can open, explore, and even swap some components. We’ll be running a demo of our OpenManage integration with Windows Admin Center and some live diagnostics on the PowerEdge R740xd. Yes, we know this is a cloud and software show, but we like to throw in a subtle reminder that all this modern software needs the best2 in modern hardware.

There are some fun interactive ways to learn more about our joint PowerEdge and Microsoft solutions. Highlights include:

OpenManage Monster Hunter, sponsored by KIOXIA – Halloween may be the week before but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. In this game you’ll fight zombies and bats to modernize your datacenter. You’ll work your way through our OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center on AzureStack HCI, integration with Microsoft System Center, and OpenManage Enterprise on the PowerEdge MX. There will be a leaderboard, and some excellent prizes, so challenge your friends.

Tech Trivia – This Jeopardy! style game will help you learn more about the entirety of the Dell Technologies portfolio – from servers to storage to services. Of course, that also includes our full line of laptops and gaming hardware. Play Tech Trivia and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a Ring Doorbell.

Dell Technologies Scavenger Hunt – Engage, learn and become more social with our Dell Technologies booth, solutions and activities. Dust off your hashtags and earn stamps, make sure you redeem your card in the booth for fantastic daily prizes including a GoPro HERO7 and a grand prize drawing on Thursday for a set of BOSE noise-cancelling headphones.

RHEL Button Contest – Grab a button, pin it on, snap a creative pic somewhere at the event and post to Instagram with the hashtag #SQLonRHELonDell. First place DAILY winners will receive a 2-in-1 Dell Inspiron laptop.

Breakout Sessions

PowerEdge will be represented in the following breakout sessions:

It’s all about the data: Abstraction beyond virtualization

Speaker: Stephen McMaster, Engineering Technologist, Dell EMC

Wednesday, November 06, 10:55 AM in Theatre 7

In the data driven age, information is as valuable as currency. Only when you can harness data from multiple sources and formats can you accelerate business innovation. Containerization enables agility at hyperscale and is a critical step towards achieving true data abstraction beyond just virtualization. Join us to learn how Dell EMC delivers foundational solutions to support Microsoft SQL Server 2019, including big data clusters, enabling businesses to take advantage of next-generation analytics, and go behind their data to draw valuable insights.

There is a new era in data management – Dell Technologies makes data innovation a reality

Speaker: Stephen McMaster, Engineering Technologist, Dell EMC

Thursday November 07, 10:15 AM in OCCC West

There are many paths towards modernizing the Microsoft Data Estate. Designing the right solution that meets today’s needs while laying the foundation for where your business will need to be tomorrow is a critical step in becoming an innovation leader. Join us as we outline the modernization strategies organizations need to consider in this new era of data abstraction and how Dell Technologies can guide you on this journey.

Evening Events

The fun doesn’t stop when the show floor closes. We have a great line-up of invitation-only events for our customers and those who want to learn more about Dell Technologies solutions.

Customer Appreciation Celebration at the Andretti Racing Center

We love our customers and the chance to celebrate with them! So rev up your engines for this fast-paced racing experience on November 6 at 6:30pm at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games. This event is by invite-only and will likely reach capacity so please reach out to your account team for more information to register.

Dell Technologies Hospitality Suite – Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday

Relax in the Dell Tech Hospitality suite – complete with food, beverages, and a place to unwind. Open Monday – Wednesday, this suite will give you the opportunity to learn from Dell Technologies, Red Hat, and Intel experts while recharging yourself (and your phone if it needs some charging too). Registration is required.

SQL Server 2019 Conversations and Cocktails – Tuesday November 5 4:00-6:30

Connect with your peers at this informal gathering of like-minded SQL Server connoisseurs to share the technical pitfalls, gotchas and successes learned. Share a beverage, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and meet the experts from Dell Technologies, Intel and Red Hat who are ready to answer your questions and better arm you to take your business further, faster. This exclusive celebration will take place at the Oceanaire Seafood Room and is available by registration only, until full, here:

If you’re running an End of Support platform or one that will be soon, come talk to us. We make modernizing easy and can get you back on a supported platform and can even help you transform the way you look at IT.

We look forward to seeing you next week at Ignite!

To learn more about PowerEdge, visit, or join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers.

[1] IDC WW Quarterly x86 Server Tracker, 2018Q4, Mar. 6, 2019 – Units & Vendor Revenue

[2] Persistent Memory Performance in vSphere 6.7 with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory – VMware, April 2019


PowerEdge & VMware: Better Together at VMworld 2019

This year, there are tons of new and exciting things to look forward to at VMworld US – and not just the new location. While we’re all excited to take a selfie with the Golden Gate bridge and see the home from Full House (oh that’s just me?) the real excitement of the week lies in the latest technology and innovation, networking, and learning that will permeate the Moscone Center in San Francisco August 25-29th.

Dell EMC and VMware have partnered for over 17 years, and today we’re doing more exciting work together than ever before. VMworld is always a highlight for us, because we get to see so many of our customers and partners face-to-face. We love to interact directly, hear feedback, answer questions, showcase our joint solutions and preview the new products and solutions that are coming soon.

As industry leaders in servers[1], virtualization[2], and HCI software[3], Dell EMC and VMware continuously work together to develop new joint solutions that enable our customers to efficiently reach their business objectives. There is always something new and exciting to highlight, and VMworld 2019 is no exception.

From a PowerEdge perspective, we have plenty of cool things up our sleeve that we’re excited to share with you. I don’t want to spoil the fun, but here’s a preview of what’s happening with PowerEdge at VMworld:

Breakout Sessions

PowerEdge will be represented in the following breakout sessions:

Power Composable Hybrid Cloud with VMware Cloud Foundation on PowerEdge MX

Speakers: Shanthala Gorur Ashwath, Senior Product Manager – Cloud Foundation VMware and Roger Foreman, Sr. Product Manager, Dell EMC

Monday, August 26, 02:30 PM – 03:30 PM

In this talk, we will detail how VMware Cloud Foundation made it possible to take advantage of the PowerEdge MX composable platform to provide on-demand allocations of physical resources for workload domains. Composable infrastructure is an exciting new area where customers have the flexibility to create their own purpose-built infrastructure on the fly, leading to greater fluidity in resource allocation and usage. In this session, you will learn how to reduce CapEx and OpEx through quicker deployments and application provisioning through automation, and how to utilize the flexibility and agility provided by the PowerEdge MX platform’s kinetic infrastructure to run virtualized workloads in a hybrid cloud environment. We will also go on a technical deep dive of this joint solution between VMware Cloud Foundation and the Dell MX platform.

Take IT to the track!! Self-Driving Datacenter, seatbelts required!

Speakers: Aaron Chaisson, Vice President Portfolio Messaging, Dell Technologies & Brian Lewis, Director VMware Portfolio Messaging, Dell Technologies

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 11:00 AM –12:00 PM

With a demo intensive experience, come see an insider’s look at the product innovations from Dell Technologies expansive portfolio of hardware, software and solutions that make the self-driving, software defined datacenter a reality. See our latest innovations and learn how we dramatically simplify and power more VMware deployments than anyone else through deeply integrated servers, storage, networking, data protection, converged and hyper-converged systems and vertically integrated cloud platforms built to deliver you the automated IT experience you desire, from the edge to the cloud, and anywhere in between.

Dell Technologies Booth # 1027

If you’re here in San Francisco, come see us in the Dell Technologies booth! We’ll have experts ready to talk and answer questions, in-booth theater presentations and a PowerEdge MX on display. Yes, we know this is a software show, but we like to throw in a subtle reminder that all this cool software runs on hardware. Plus, everyone seems to love the chance to see and touch a real live server – and the PowerEdge MX740C doesn’t disappoint.

We’ll also have demos of the latest cloud solutions on PowerEdge infrastructure and management system advances with OpenManage. This is fantastic opportunity to learn more about our joint PowerEdge and VMware solutions and align on your workload strategy. Highlights include:

VMware Cloud Foundation for PowerEdge MX – Wondering how to make hybrid cloud work for you? Leverage the industry’s most advanced hybrid cloud platform, VMware® Cloud Foundation™, to drive a consistent, simple experience with a single operating environment across multiple clouds. Based on VMware technologies including vSphere (compute), vSAN (storage), NSX (networking and security), and vRealize® Suite (cloud management), Cloud Foundation delivers enterprise-ready services for both traditional and containerized apps – in private or hybrid cloud environments.

PowerEdge and VMware vSphere – We’re introducing an easy button for PowerEdge and vSphere! Soon the entire PowerEdge server portfolio will be available with vSphere Standard preinstalled and the license pre-activated straight from the factory. This new offer is unique to Dell EMC and saves customers up to 40 minutes per server for deployment and up to 67% fewer steps for activation and installation of vSphere[4].

OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter (OMIVV) – OMIVV allows you to configure, deploy, update and monitor Dell PowerEdge servers — all within your vCenter console. Swing by the booth to see a demo and find out what new features will be available in OMIVV v5.

vSAN Ready Nodes – Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes built on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers have been pre-configured, tested, and certified to run VMware vSAN. Each Ready Node includes just the right amount of CPU, memory, network I/O controllers, HDDs, and SSDs that are best suited for vSAN. We’ll have demos and presentations and experts on hand to answer questions.

Booth Presentations

There will also be several presentations at the booth to highlight PowerEdge & VMware joint solutions:

Monday @ 5:30 pm – Managing VMware VCenter Environments with OpenManage

Tuesday @ 11:30 am – vSAN Ready Nodes

Wednesday @ 3:45 – Dynamic Storage Provisioning with VMware VCF and PowerEdge MX

Exclusive Technology Preview

PowerEdge & AMD will host a Technology Exclusive Preview event at 6:30 pm Tuesday evening. This event requires an invitation, VMworld event badge and signed NDA to attend. If you have a signed NDA and would like to join, please stop by our booth #1027 for more details and an invitation. You won’t be disappointed.

Customer Appreciation Celebration

We love our customers and the chance to celebrate with them! We’re hosting a customer appreciation event following the Exclusive Technology Preview at Waterbar Tuesday evening from 8-10 pm. Stop by our booth #1027 for an invitation and join us for good food, drinks and conversation (VMware badge and invitation are required for this event, but NDA is not).

PowerEdge and VMware work together to help you simplify your IT and prepare you to meet changing workload demands – both for today and the future. With over 1800 VMware-certified Dell EMC support professionals, one call can handle almost all your support issues.

To learn more about PowerEdge and VMware Solutions, visit our new solutions page.

Hope everyone has a great and productive week at VMworld! Rest up, and we’ll see you again at VMworld Europe in November!

To learn more about PowerEdge, visit, or join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers.

[1] IDC WW Quarterly x86 Server Tracker, 2018Q4, Mar. 6, 2019 – Units & Vendor Revenue

[2] Network World, Feb. 20, 2019

[3] IDC WW Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, 2018, Q4, April 4, 2019 – Vendor Revenue

[4] Only applicable to new customers and based on internal VMware comparison of the typical vSphere installation and activation process as compared to the situation when vSphere is preinstalled and pre-activated at the factory. Typical installation and activation requires 9 steps, while the preinstalled and pre-activated process requires 3 steps.


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Dell EMC Doubles Down on VxBlock at Cisco Live: Introducing NVMe Innovations, VxBlock Central 2.0

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Dell EMC Cloud Snapshot Manager – Seamless Data Protection Across Multiple Clouds for Backup and Disaster Recovery

With more and more enterprises adopting a multi-cloud strategy, it is important that you have a solution that can protect data across multiple clouds. The explosive growth of data and public cloud computing is changing the way enterprises look at their backup strategy and policies. Snapshots are an efficient and cost-effective way to protect workloads in the cloud.

Dell EMC Cloud Snapshot Manager

Dell EMC Cloud Snapshot Manager is a SaaS solution that makes it easy to protect workloads in public cloud environments – without requiring any installation or infrastructure. Customers can discover, orchestrate and automate the protection of workloads across multiple clouds based on policies for seamless backup and disaster recovery. Dell EMC breaks cloud silos, allowing customers to use one tool for the protection of workloads across multiple clouds. Designed for any size cloud infrastructure, CSM scales as your organization and data grows. The automatic assignment of resources to protection policies based on tags is essential to achieve auto-scaling in the cloud with the peace of mind that your resources are protected.

Why Cloud Snapshot Manager?

CSM is designed from the ground up for any size cloud infrastructure and scales as your organization and data grows. There are many benefits of CSM:

  • Automated cloud data protection from one pane of glass, breaking cloud silos
  • Protection, compliance, and disaster recovery of public cloud workloads
  • Multi-tenancy capabilities enabling multiple accounts and users
  • Automatic deletion of snapshots per retention policies for cost savings
  • Application consistent framework in AWS and Azure for consistent restores
  • Email reports for visibility into the health and overall status of your CSM environment
  • Discovery of existing snapshots in AWS for better control over snapshot sprawl

What’s new in Cloud Snapshot Manager?

Enhancements to our service this quarter include:

Expanded AWS DBaaS protection

  • Aurora
  • Redshift
  • DynamoDB


  • Support for Federated Identification with SAML

Group restores

  • Expedite the recovery of all the VM’s in a protection plan to a point in time via group restores

Enhanced reporting automation

  • Emailing of any report based on scheduled cadence

Cloud Snapshot Manager is breaking cloud silos and providing a better way to consolidate and manage the entire lifecycle of snapshots and recovery from a single management console. If you would like to demo CSM hands on we have a free 30-day trial. If you would like to learn more about CSM check us out online. Lastly, check out this video for an overview of CSM. Dell EMC is a trusted partner in data protection and we look forward to hearing from you.


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2019 Data Protection Support Newsletter Series

Every month, Dell EMC offers a monthly series of Data Protection Support Newsletters for Data Domain, NetWorker and Avamar. These valuable resources provide key support updates and release details, the latest in service and support offerings for these products, as well as Knowledge Base references. Each issue features helpful technical support advice, including target codes, troubleshooting advice and how to’s for common technical challenges, and top-trending support solutions.

See the 2019 Monthly Series below and download previous issues from the 2018 and 2017 archives.

DATA DOMAIN Monthly Support Newsletters

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AVAMAR Monthly Support Newsletters

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