Michael Dell says on-premises is more effective. We agree.

Michael Dell says on-premises is more effective. We agree.


In a recent interview with CRN magazine, Michael Dell made the argument that “when you automate and modernize the infrastructure…..an on-premises solution is much more cost effective”. You can read the entire article here.

The central premise here is that the infrastructure needs to be composable in software, in other words programmable and automated, in order to achieve the same levels of simplified consumption that is available in the public clouds. The other important consideration is the type of workload that determines where it runs better. According to Dell, there is strong momentum towards the rise of the on-premises private/hybrid cloud.

We at DriveScale couldn’t agree more with Michael. Our solution helps customers running modern workloads such as Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, Cassandra etc build a modern infrastructure that is uniquely programmable and composable via software. This helps IT operators provision resources with the same agility and flexibility as the public cloud while saving tremendously on costs. To highlight this even further, we have a real-world example in the form of our common customer with Dell EMC, ClearSense, whose CTO Jimmy Hurff explains the reasons why he moved away from AWS and built a private cloud infrastructure here.

Just as Stephen Monteros highlights in the CRN article, when you have predictable workloads, AWS cost models can turn out to be prohibitively expensive evidenced further from the ClearSense case. To sum it up, we are in agreement that customers need an automated, programmable, software composable infrastructure that helps them assign resources on demand. That is exactly what DriveScale enables.

About the Author:

Vinod co-founded Xsigo Systems in 2004 with funding from Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures and Greylock Partners. At Xsigo, he held a variety of positions, including leading the Product Management and Business Development teams, managing the Xsigo sales consulting team and was also responsible for APAC sales. Xsigo grew to over 130 employees worldwide, with over 350 customers and close to $40 million in annual sales. After Xsigo was acquired by Oracle in late 2012, Vinod managed the Networking and Netra product management teams and was responsible for over $200 million in annual revenue with a portfolio of products ranging from InfiniBand switches and adapters to NEBS compliant servers. Prior to Xsigo, Vinod spent 9 years at Sun Microsystems in various product management roles, launching and managing servers, microprocessors and chipsets. Before that, he was at Xerox PARC in an imaging system startup venture. Vinod has an MBA from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He also holds a Captain’s License from Australia and has spent 12 years in the Merchant Marines, sailing all over the world in cargo and passenger ships.

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