Open Source Alive and Well at Dell

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I will admit it…I don’t understand Wall Street sometimes. No…make that most of the time.  They see Dell as a PC maker (which, of course, we are) but we are so much more than that.  Take for example two of our special initiatives with Hadoop and OpenStack, courtesy of the Data Center Solutions team.

Let’s also not forget the companies that have joined the Dell family in the past few years such as Equallogic, Compellent, Force10, AppAssure, Boomi and a host of others.  Then you look at our acquisition of Perot Systems (now called Dell Services) and the recent addition of Mr. John Swainson as the President of Dell Software.  Yes…I left a few things out, but I can’t forget one of our most important things…the Dell Crowbar utility that was written and released into Open Source by Dell.  Combine all of that with relationships with Red Hat, Canonical and SUSE…Open Source is alive and well at Dell, and I, for one, could not be happier. Continue reading “Open Source Alive and Well at Dell”

Linux and Open Source in 2003 vs 2011

It think it was June of 2003 when Continental Airlines Managing Director Nathan Hanks said some fairly disparaging remarks about Linux and Open Source people.

“All the guys hacking Windows are Linux guys.” Continental was hit hard by SQL Slammer and “our CEO said we’d failed,” Hanks said.  “Having one vendor throat to choke is helpful in crisis situations, Hanks said. An IT pro can’t go to the CEO and say that a server is down, “and hopefully some guy in Amsterdam” will get to a fix when he gets back from the “dope house,” he said.  (Source: http://www.linux.com/archive/feature/29837) Continue reading “Linux and Open Source in 2003 vs 2011”

OSCON 2011 Week

Ever since I attended my first OSCON in 2005 I have wanted to go back every year because as a believer in Open Source technologies, OSCON is really a place where the “box” doesn’t exist…where you’ll never hear the words “we can’t do that” because Open Source is all about what CAN be done when you don’t have the restrictions of proprietary software. Continue reading “OSCON 2011 Week”

Dell Data Center Solutions

I often laugh on the inside when people find out that I work for Dell because immediately they assume that I am a PC technician or something like that.  In reality, I am a PC user like most everyone else, and actually, I am a Linux guy.  It’s also funny when you read the Wall Street analyst reports that talk about PC sales and Dell is one of the companies they always mention.  What you don’t hear a lot about though is the Enterprise side of our business, including our Cloud, Hyperscale and High Performance Computing (HPC) teams.  At the most recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Dell Chairman and CEO Michael Dell sat down with Maria Bartiromo from CNBC for a very telling interview.  In short, Dell is about more than the PC. Continue reading “Dell Data Center Solutions”

OpenStack’s Explosive Impact on Cloud Computing

I remember the day I started working in Linux and Open Source professionally.  I don’t have to tell most of you out there this, but we knew we were on to something.  We knew Linux and Open Source would really take the world by storm, though it might take longer than any of us would have liked.  Then one day it happened…Linux grew up.  Open Source was accepted in all levels of the Enterprise, and when Cloud Computing came on the scene we knew that Linux and Open Source would find a natural home there…and they did. Continue reading “OpenStack’s Explosive Impact on Cloud Computing”

Shrinking the Supercomputer with GPU

This past November I was privileged to work the Dell booth at the Supercomputing Show in New Orleans where we were showcasing, among other things, our c410x PCI expansion chassis for GPU computing. I was amazed at the number of people that I spoke to over the course of a week, nearly non-stop about GPU computing and more specifically, the c410x and how they would be using it in their environments. Equally amazing was the sheer number of people that had “Dr.” in front of their name (I had to throw that in there for good measure). Many of these folks were hands-on users of Supercomputing technologies and all of them were “shopping” for their next Supercomputing system.
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Dell DCS Announces the c6145 – 96 Cores in 2u

One of the things I love about my job is that not only get to meet and work with great co-workers and customers, but I get to work with amazing technology, and solve many significant technology issues using Dell Cloud Computing Solutions and Poweredge C servers from Dell Data Center Solutions (DCS).  Today is another example of how Dell is innovating and producing products that take computing to the next level in the Cloud, Hyperscale and HPC. Continue reading “Dell DCS Announces the c6145 – 96 Cores in 2u”