Gartner Research

The Dell-EMC Merger Affects Your Enterprise Storage Strategy

Published: 16 February 2017

ID: G00324045

Analyst(s): Roger W. Cox

Summary

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.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

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

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