It’s an exciting time for Dell technology. Recently, Dell unveiled a series of new products at its Dell User Forum. Dell partnered with Nutanix, Oracle, Fusion-io, Cloudera, and Hadoop to make these new products possible. Dell also announced its SC4000 mid-tier storage hardware, as well as its new Windows 2003 migration services. Altogether, six new products were announced and will be available for use worldwide over the next several months.

Dell, alongside with Nutanix, uncovered its XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances. This product is centered around hyper-converged solutions and is intended to combine storage, compute, and networking into a single unit. This solution is based on Dell PowerEdge hardware and will be a Dell-branded appliance. The XC Series will be globally available by the end of the year.

With the Oracle partnership, Dell shows how large of a player it is in the enterprise space. Dell is accelerating Oracle’s current 12c environments through Dell Integrated Systems by creating a specially designed solution. This appliance is expected to deliver incredibly high-speed performance while cutting the cost of traditional database infrastructure. Fusion-io is responsible for the 19.2 TB of flash technology that makes this speed possible. This product is expected to be available sometime in the second half of the year.

Cloudera and Dell partnered to build an optimized scale-out architecture, benefitting from in-memory performance. Initial changes focus on a new edition of the PowerEdge R720XD server at a lower cost per performance and an update to the PowerEdge R920 server. Built around Apache Spark and the Hadoop infrastructure, this solution simplifies and improves the distributed database implementations in this growing market. The Dell In-Memory Appliance for Cloudera Enterprise is expected to be available globally in the second half of the year.

Another one of Dell’s latest announcements is Acceleration Appliances for Databases–this is geared toward assisting mid-market and enterprise customers with improving and managing database performance. These Acceleration Appliances are designed to boost speeds for Oracle, MS SQL, SAP HANA, SAP ASE, and MySQL databases. Speeds are expected to increase because average response times will be reduced by approximately 50% and transactions per second will double. Fusion-io Ion Acceleration technology assists with this significant performance improvement. Acceleration Appliances for Databases is expected to be available in the second half of the year.

Dell unveiled its SC4000-range hardware to the Asia-Pacific region’s channel in March and has now announced this hardware’s impending accessibility in the U.S. market. Because of its success in the Asia-Pacific region, Dell will offer this mid-tier storage to the U.S at a significantly lower price. The SC4000 is a smaller, more affordable version of the SC8000 and offers a 2U box, dual processors, and supports flash and spinning disks.

Lastly, Dell is introducing four Windows Server 2003 Migration Services. These new migration options enable companies to analyze and optimize migrations with the least amount of impact on everyday business. The main targets that Dell is focused on right now are systems and workloads that could be migrated to the Microsoft Azure cloud or Windows 2012 R2. Migrating from Windows 2003 can take 200 days or more to begin, and application migration can sometimes take over 300 days to complete.

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