Technology from Compellent and Force10 will be implemented in VStart offerings, which were announced at the show. VStart are pre-configured systems involving servers and software that make it easier for customers to deploy virtualized environments, according to Dell.
The company will continue to seek acquisitions that simplify deployment and management of IT environments, said Dave Johnson, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Dell. He provided an example of Boomi, which allows for easy transfer of data between cloud and on-premise applications, and SecureWorks, which helps in early identification of threats.
"We're dealing with a wonderful history of being a great, efficient distributor of commodity products, but as you go in now with enterprise solutions ... we have to represent a very compelling value proposition," Johnson said.
Dell is trying to create an IT ecosystem where it controls or influences virtually every link in the chain of enterprise data, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. Dell aims to develop a technology stack through internal system and client development efforts and via acquisitions like EqualLogic, Compellent, Force 10 and Perot, he said.
Dell's singular focus on x86 may in some cases put it at a disadvantage against vendors with proprietary system solutions, like IBM and HP, but the continuing evolution of industry standard technologies means that gaps between Dell and those competitors are getting narrower and narrower, King said.