Gartner Research

The Dell-EMC Merger Affects Your Enterprise Storage Strategy

Published: 16 February 2017

ID: G00324045

Analyst(s): Roger W. Cox


I&O leaders will be challenged to develop a clear and defensible long-range storage infrastructure strategy until Dell EMC publicly clarifies its storage product development and rationalization plans.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • I&O leaders must understand the product overlap of the legacy Dell and EMC external controller-based (ECB) storage portfolio is unsustainable, which likely results in selectable product or model withdrawals
  • I&O leaders must understand the go-forward positioning and messaging of products comprising the Dell EMC SSA portfolio are unclear, complicating user decisions about long-term best fit
  • I&O leaders must understand unifying the diverse Dell EMC postsale account management, service and support functions for its ECB storage portfolio may affect client care responsiveness and consistency
  • I&O leaders must understand the Dell-EMC merger presents an opportunity to simplify, cost-optimize and modernize the IT infrastructure beyond storage

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.