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Don’t Miss Out on All-Flash and Converged Infrastructure Partner Incentives

Justin Harold

Justin Harold

Partner Program Marketing & Engagement

incentivesThe IT industry is in a highly transformative period, with companies investing in technologies that will drive growth and innovation over the next two to three decades.

One of the hottest technology trends that help drive this growth is the movement towards Converged Infrastructure (CI), with companies who have implemented converged and hyper-converged systems deploying apps 4.6x faster and spending 41% less time, on average, keeping the lights on.

All Flash is also quickly becoming the new normal with its affordability, agility, efficiency and speed. In fact, 2016 marks a tipping point in the industry—where flash now accounts for more workloads than hard disk drives.

Dell EMC is #1 in both the All-Flash Market and Converged Systems, and the Converged Platforms & Solutions Division (CPSD) was once again named the Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in Converged Systems.

Finish Q4 Strong with All-Flash and Converged Infrastructure Incentives and Promotions

All Flash and CI are essential pillars as we seek to modernize each of our mutual customers’ datacenters. To help you maximize your investments in Dell EMC and deliver IT transformation to your customers, we’ve established a variety of incentives across our All-Flash and CI portfolios. Finish Q4 strong with these great offers!

Unity:

  • Unity All-Flash Xpect More Program: Offers Maintenance price protection for Unity All-Flash of 7 years, investment protection with a 3-year money back warranty, and flash endurance protection of 7 years and 20X endurance advantage.
  • Unity Test Drive Program: Open to Silver, Gold and Platinum EMC Business Partner Program Solution Providers & Distributors, this enables Partners to offer Unity systems to customers for a 60-day trial period, choosing from one of nine recommended Unity configurations or creating a custom configuration based on the customers’ unique needs
  • Unity All-Flash Early Adopter Promotion: A limited time offer that automatically applies a discount off of list price for any Unity All Flash configuration, which is also stackable with any discounts obtained through standard deal registration

XtremIO:

  • XtremIO $1M Guarantee & Rescue Program: A $1M guarantee that XtremIO’s inline data deduplication service is inline all the time; to be eligible, partners must swap an all flash array from qualified competitors. (Displacement is not eligible)
  • XtremIO Xpect More Program: Offers Maintenance price protection for XtremIO of 7 years, investment protection with a 3-year money back warranty, and flash endurance protection of 7 years and 20X endurance advantage.

VMAX:

  • VMAX All Flash Xpect More Promotion: Offers Maintenance price protection for VMAX All-Flash of 7 years, investment protection with a 3-year money back warranty, and flash endurance protection of 7 years and 20X endurance advantage.

Converged Infrastructure:

  • CI Starter Promotions: Introductory pricing offers for new customers looking to adopt converged and hyper-converged systems; the CI Starter Promotions for Vblock® and VxBlock® System 350 and 540 are available to new VCE customers only, while the VxRack Flex 1000 Starter Promotion is available to all customers.

Dell EMC Partners can access details on these and other current Partner promotions and incentives on the EMC Partner Portal.

If you haven’t already, become a registered Dell or EMC partner so you can expand your opportunities under Dell EMC before the Dell EMC Partner Program goes live. As we announced at Dell EMC World 2016, the Dell EMC Partner Program will become effective in February 2017. Until that time, the Dell PartnerDirect Program and the EMC Business Partner Program will continue to operate separately.

 

Modernizing the Data Center with Flash and High Performance Networking

Mike Wing

Mike Wing

Senior Vice President, Modern Infrastructure Team
Mike Wing

YOAFIn January, EMC (now Dell EMC) pronounced 2016 the “Year of All Flash” (YOAF). We’re already observing customers putting more and more workloads on flash storage, and our mission is to help every customer modernize their data center with flash. We introduced VMAX All Flash in February and Unity in Maycompleting our portfolio of all-flash arrays.  This broad all-flash portfolio provides customers of every size an all-flash solution for every type of workload.

Customers are embracing the YOAF strategy, and Dell EMC has already achieved 40% share of the all-flash array market—more than double that of the next closest vendor.

In the YOAF, help your customers create a modern data center with a holistic solution of best-in-class data technologies.

While all-flash storage provides tremendous performance benefits, its advantages cannot be fully realized with legacy networking technology.  The storage networking performance that was adequate for spinning disk is insufficient to fully exploit the potential of flash.

That’s why helping your customer modernize their data center is more than just putting a fast array in place … It means providing a holistic solution of best-in-class technologies.

Designed to maximize flash storage, Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology:

  • Helps eliminate performance bottlenecks with highly deterministic data delivery and low-latency switching
  • Shatters application IOPS performance barriers with 566 million frames-per-second speed
  • Delivers unprecedented performance for bandwidth-intensive applications across 32 Gbps links
  • Proactively monitors IO performance and behavior through integrated network sensors to quickly identify degraded application performance at host and storage tiers, and reducing time to resolution

Dell EMC and Brocade: Industry leaders and partners working together to set a new standard for the Modern Data Center built on the power and simplicity of flash.

Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel is a purpose-built networking solution for flash storage that enables breakthrough application performance, scalability and availability. The combination of Dell EMC all-flash storage and Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel allows customers to deploy more servers, desktops and OLTP workloads—while at the same time eliminating bottlenecks and minimizing the risks and business impact of downtime in highly virtualized and mission-critical environments.

Recently, I sat down with Jack Rondoni, Vice President of Storage Networking, Brocade to discuss the importance of the network when investing in All Flash.

Don’t sell an incomplete solution!

When you sell modern storage without modern networking, you’re doing a disservice to your customers and you’re leaving money on the table.

Here’s how you can get started:

  1. Learn how to deliver the Modernize without Compromise message
  2. Visit the Connectrix Enablement Center for marketing and enablement materials; in particular be sure to view:
  3. Take advantage of the EMC plus Brocade Modernize the Network incentive program designed specifically for partners

Dell EMC is #1 in storage and Brocade is #1 in Fibre Channel SAN.  To give your customers the best, you need to partner with the best. 

Take Full Advantage of the Power of Dell + EMC

Justin Bartinoski

Justin Bartinoski

Sr. Director, Channel Marketing
Justin Bartinoski

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CampaignsIncredible opportunities are ahead now that Dell and EMC have officially joined forces to become the essential, enterprise IT Infrastructure Company. No doubt, it is a historic tech merger. But, it also signals a new era for our channel—offering capabilities to drive opportunities like never before seen in our industry.

You’ll have access to products that are #1 in the most strategically relevant technologies today:

  • #1 in Converged Systems
  • #1 in Server Virtualized Software
  • #1 in the Most Secure business Laptops
  • #1 in Virtualized Data Center Infrastructure
  • #1 in Cloud IT Infrastructures
  • #1 in Overall Storage
  • #1 in All-Flash Storage

Partner to Win—2H 2016 Marketing Campaigns

In early 2017 we’ll launch a new joint Dell EMC partner program. In the meantime, our current Dell PartnerDirect and EMC Business Partner programs will continue to operate independently.  Today, as we bring the Dell and EMC brands together, we’ve provided marketing and sales with a new story that you can use to help positively impact the Dell EMC leadership position, drive demand and increase your revenue. 2H 2016 marketing campaigns start to bring the new Dell EMC story to life.

  • To help you get started, our new Dell EMC Channel Partner Campaign Guide provides a summary of all campaigns and tools available for 2H 2016, along with links for access. Campaigns still align to the strategy outlined in the EMC 2016 MDF Spend Policy guidelines and to our key initiatives. 2H campaigns are rebranded and/or revised to reflect the new Dell EMC brand and to support our transition to a combined portfolio.
  • The Dell EMC All-Flash Storage campaign represents the first combined portfolio campaign out of the gate—expanded to include the SC Series, Unity, XtremIO, VMAX and DSSD. Dell EMC’s All-Flash portfolio is #1 for a reason, and as a Dell EMC Partner, you can leverage this portfolio to address all of your customers’ modern data center challenges.  New 2H All-Flash Storage Campaign assets will help you take advantage of one the largest market opportunities.

2H 2016 Marketing Campaign Highlights

  • Converged Infrastructure – Simpler IT and VxRail campaigns offers rebranded and new content to extend Dell EMC’s Leadership in the CI/HCI market and drive demand for Dell EMC Blocks, Racks and Appliances.
  • All-Flash Storage Portfolio – With new Dell EMC branded content, this campaign helps drive our continued category leadership in the Flash market and gives visibility to our extended portfolio.
  • All-Flash Storage Products – rebranded Dell EMC campaigns recharge your demand generation efforts to drive marketing qualified leads for XtremIO and Unity All-Flash.
  • Data Protection – Protecting business-critical information is a hot topic today. Our new prospect and customer programs drive demand for Dell EMC data protection solutions, specifically, Data Domain and the Data Protection Suite.
  • Isilon – existing Data Lake and Archiving campaigns are fully rebranded Dell EMC.
  • Dell PartnerDirect Programs – Run the Business programs help drive demand for servers and networking including the Dell EMC Server: Why Upgrade campaign. Available to Dell PartnerDirect partners.

While it is business as usual now, you can take advantage of the full Dell EMC portfolio and partner ecosystems today by participating in both the Dell and EMC partner programs.  As an EMC Business Partner Program partner you can empower your teams to sell the full portfolio, from the desktop to the data center, by joining the Dell PartnerDirect program. Learn more.

View the 2H 2016 Dell EMC Channel Partner Campaign Guide, and visit the Partner Campaign Playbook for details on EMC-led campaigns.

Help us build campaigns that drive your business—send us comments and feedback.

 

Be Your Customers’ Application Transformation Problem Solver

Rima Robinson

Rima Robinson

Primary Storage Enablement Manager

During a recent customer conversation around application challenges, I found myself going down a deep, technical rabbit hole.

It felt reminiscent of my early years in the EMC Executive Briefing Center. At that time, my team used performance charts to illustrate an EMC solution’s performance versus the competition. Around the same time, EMC announced two new software solutions for our flagship Symmetrix product line—TimeFinder and SRDF. Conversations immediately elevated to solving customer pain points … Y2K, for example. 

Conversations like those will raise you from commodity box pusher to valuable problem solver.

I’m not saying the bits and bytes don’t matter to some people—because we know they do matter, but they do not get you in front of the business decision makers.

Consider how this problem solving creates fresh dialogue with an entirely new set of prospects: application owners

For example … Customer X develops a plan to optimize processes or eliminate existing roadblocks or challenges. It is imperative to the business owners that the plan is completed as proposed, and the application then becomes the “face” of that plan.

Ask a few key questions that can help you create new opportunities and establish yourself as a valued problem solver, with help from EMC XtremIO.

Questions that help you get beyond the basics, like:

  • What are you trying to accomplish?
  • Will this change help bring a new application online sooner?
  • Are you looking to provide application testers immediate access to fresh data?
  • Will this application enable undisrupted QA testing?

EMC XtremIO provides a solution to some of the most common customer pain points

Application Problem Solver

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and End-User Computing (EUC)

The Customer Need:

Access from anywhere, to applications on the go, and from any device

Common Pain Points:

  • The centralization of hundreds (or even thousands) of previously dedicated desktop resources creates extremely random, unpredictable, and “bursty” choke points for the VDI input/output (I/O) profile
  • Traditional storage architectures restrict customers from delivering on the promise of VDI/EUC at scale
  • Poor user experience and administrative challenges make it unfeasible to extend BYOD (bring your own device) beyond pilot stage

The EMC XtremIO Solution:

  • XtremIO delivers better-than-physical-desktop user experience for all user/desktop types
  • Advanced data reduction enables incredibly cost-effective deployments—even for full clones
  • Rapid desktop provisioning without any I/O “storm” facilitates worry-free scaling from pilot to production (and beyond)

Virtualization

The Customer Need:

Consistent performance and SLAs within a virtualized environment; ability to house mission-critical applications in a central virtualized environment

Common Pain Points:

Inconsistent performance within virtualized environments forces many IT organizations to keep their mission-critical performance-sensitive applications on separate physical silos, and results in:

  • Complex operations
  • Cumbersome deployments
  • Massive infrastructure overprovisioning
  • A rigid and unwieldy IT environment (that can’t accommodate changing business needs)

The EMC XtremIO Solution:

  • Virtualization of multiple workloads—mixed tier and multiple T-1—on a common storage platform
  • Consistent, predictable performance at any scale
  • A drastically reduced total storage footprint improves IT agility and speed
  • Rich portfolio integration enables critical data center services

Microsoft SQL Server

The Customer Need:

Increased response, efficiency, and workflow agility from expanding, increasingly complex SQL Server databases and applications

Common Pain Points:

  • Even as SQL Server applications become larger and more complex, service windows shrink and organizations ask IT departments to cut costs and increase efficiency
  • Businesses demand improved response times; and IT administrators and SQL Server database administrators struggle to find solutions to keep up with SLAs and performance metrics, and to increase efficiency and workflow agility

The EMC XtremIO Solution:

  • XtremIO delivers unparalleled levels of performance operational efficiency (ease-of-use, low physical space, power consumption, and heat generation)
  • Advanced storage array features—including deduplication, thin provisioning, and XtremIO Virtual snapshots—deliver significant benefits compared to traditional implementations
  • XtremIO storage systems drive higher consolidation ratios and significantly improve the user experience at the application level … and thus dramatically lower the overall IT infrastructure cost in virtual server, virtual desktop, database, analytics, and business intelligence environments

Dig deeper into each of these customer challenges—and how EMC XtremIO can help

We’ve developed a series of both live and on-demand XtremIO webinars to help you get deeper into the what, why, and how XtremIO can solve each of these common customer challenges and more.

Here are just a few examples of currently available XtremIO on-demand webinars:

Access all of the on-demand XtremIO webinars, here. Check back often—new content is added regularly.

For more information, tools, and resources, visit the XtremIO Enablement Center.

Good Selling:
When You Think Easy, Think EMC Unity

Kristine Cornwall

Kristine Cornwall

Director of Channel Marketing
Kristine Cornwall

We talk a lot about the EMC Unity product line being EASY:  Easy to install. Easy to manage. Easy to service. It NEEDS to be. After all, we specifically designed our midrange platform to meet the needs of resource-constrained SMB and mid-market customers. And, with a rich portfolio of campaign assets, a variety of ways for customers to preview the product, and real savings to pass along to your customers, Unity is easy to sell, too.

Unity Storage Easy

 

Both the customer demand and market response for Unity have been nothing short of amazing!

 
“[Unity is] part of a larger strategy to deliver the ‘right horse for the right cost’ versus trying to force all customers to adopt a single storage platform.”  IT BusinessEdge

 

“Starting fresh with a new design, Unity will be faster than VNX and take up less space.”   PCWorld

 

“This product is designed to help customers make an affordable and simple transition from hard disk drive to flash.”   Forbes

 

“Unity is designed to be simple.”   StorageReview

Yet, you know (probably all too well) that growing your business isn’t just about having the strongest product in the market. You also need access to tools that will help generate demand, demonstrate the value, and close the sale. We’ve got you covered.

 
1.  The new Unity campaign gives you messaging and creative assets to increase revenue through activities like paid media, demand generation emails, events, and telemarketing.

The campaign also includes:

  • Digital assets like banners and landing page, a free self-guided demo, call scripts, competitive guides, videos, and more
  • Creative tools to build sales team excitement and support call blitz days
  • Assets to support your tech refresh campaigns as you assist customers with EMC VNX, CLARiiON, and Celerra storage products coming off lease or maintenance

2.  Enable customers to experience Unity in their own IT environments before making a purchasing decision.

Here are three ways your customers and prospects can try before they buy :

  • The Unity Simulator is a lightweight, downloadable demo that allows customers to experience the Unisphere management platform. It’s an easy way for customers to see for themselves how simple it is to provision storage, add hosts, manage snapshots, and access online documentation, support forums, and other resources.
  • Customers who want to try Unity in a test environment can download the Unity VSA. The Community Version of UnityVSA has full functionality and is limited only by the amount of capacity it can manage.
  • The new Customer Unity Test Drive Program lets you offer Unity systems to customers for a 45-day trial period during which they can evaluate the fit and performance of the unit within their own IT environment.

3.  Take advantage of Unity’s affordable pricing and two promotions and increase your share of the $18.5B primary storage total addressable market.

While Unity pricing allows you to be very competitive with All Flash configurations starting under $18K* and Hybrid configurations starting under $10K*, we’ve added promotions and programs to help you close business even faster:

  • The Xpect More program for Unity All Flash configurations provides lifetime maintenance price protection, three-year investment protection, and flash endurance protection.
  • Two stackable promotions—the Unity All Flash Early Adopter Promotion and the Unity Incremental Promotion—are applied automatically in MyQuotes and will give you an added advantage in competitive situations.

*Anticipated street prices

Unity introduced a new level of simplicity and affordability into a family of all-flash arrays targeted to the fastest growing segment of the storage market—small and mid-sized organizations … And, at the same time, made it EASY for you to increase your primary storage revenue.

Visit the Unity Enablement Center for more information and resources, including marketing assets and sales enablement tools.

In Case You Missed It:
EMC All-Flash on Tap at GPS 2016

Rima Robinson

Rima Robinson

Primary Storage Enablement Manager

… And 3 things you can do RIGHT NOW to win more opportunities with the EMC All-Flash portfolio

Thanks to the more than 2,300 EMC Partners in attendance this year, EMC World and Global Partner Summit (GPS) 2016 were hugely successful. From exciting product announcements—including the new Unity product line—to engaging keynotes, our Partners saw first-hand how EMC’s cutting-edge Data Center Modernization strategies and All-Flash technologies will transform both the IT industry and our customers’ businesses.

All-Flash on Tap#ModernDataCenter, Inflection Points, and Unity Kegerators … Oh my!

An overwhelming number of EMC Partners attended our GPS 2016 breakout session, Modernize Without Compromise: Tap into the EMC All-Flash Portfolio.

If you were part of the enthusiastic #ModernDataCenter discussion with Mike Wing, EMC Senior Vice President of Primary Storage, we thank you! And, if you missed the session or couldn’t join us in Las Vegas, don’t worry—the conversation has just begun.

The heavily attended breakout session discussion centered around:

Our customers tell us that they crave efficiency and blazing speed in their data centers; and, at the same time, must find ways to drive down ownership and operational costs. They’re also looking for agility—in the ability to deliver new services in a manner that’s as quick as Cloud.

EMC’s Modernize Without Compromise message includes a modern business model which consists of:

  • A modern pricing approach
  • All-inclusive software licensing
  • Maintenance at 11% of the net purchase price per year

Mike Wing also discussed the importance of strategic inflection points—defined as turning points, or times of significant change in a strategic situation. Mike shared the following thoughts on strategic inflection points from Only the Paranoid Survive by Andy Grove, former Intel CEO.

Grove says, strategic inflection points:

  • Can be DEADLY to an opportunity if not acknowledged and addressed
  • Create opportunities for those players who are adept at operating in a new way
  • Must be seized! The first mover—and only the first mover—has a true opportunity to gain time over his or her competitors; and a time advantage is the surest way to gain market share

Jack Rondoni, Brocade Vice President of Storage Networking, shared how critical network modernization is to the support of new all-flash storage systems Running all-flash storage without maximum network speed and throughput is like driving a high-performance automobile on low-end tires … Doing so will severely limit its ability to achieve its all-flash capabilities.

#EMCModernDatCenter #Brocade Contest

From left: James Rogan, Jack Rondoni, grand prize winner Chris Ashby, Mike Wing

During the session, Mike Wing—along with James Rogan, EMC Director of Primary Storage Channel Sales, and Jack Rondoni—announced the winners of the #EMCModernDataCenter #Brocade contest, which challenged EMC Partners to create and submit a video showcasing their knowledge and understanding of EMC’s Modern Data Center pitch for a chance to win one of three cash prizes from sponsor Brocade.

 

 

 

 

Of the many creative and compelling video submissions, the following three stood out:

$2,500 3rd Place Winner: Walter Rival, Eastern Computer Exchange Inc.

$5,000 2nd Place Winner: Eric Marzock, CDW

$7,500 Grand Prize Winner: Chris Ashby, ATEA

(Just listen to the song the ATEA team created … Outstanding!)

In addition to the #EMCModernDataCenter #Brocade contest prizes, we kept the session excitement going with fantastic Partner giveaways, including, 4 Unity Kegerators, Beats by Dr. Dre wireless headphones, and Apple Watches.

What is the value to you, our EMC Partners?

It’s simple. The all-flash addressable market is HUGE.

  • More than 500K customer systems are just waiting to be modernized—giving you a sizeable opportunity.
  • EMC’s flash portfolio leaves NO GAPS, and can fits a customer’s use, requirement, and application needs—with the low- to mid-range Unity All-Flash family, the application-centric XtremIO, the massively scalable VMAX All Flash, or the unmatched application performance of DSSD D5.

Compete and win with the EMC All-Flash portfolio … And, grab your share of the $18 billion primary storage total addressable market:

 

Modernize Without Compromise #ModernDataCenter

Mike Wing

Mike Wing

Senior Vice President, Modern Infrastructure Team
Mike Wing
Modern Data Center All Flash Modernize

Help Build Your Customers’ Modern Data Centers

During EMC’s Quantum Leap launch, we declared 2016 the Year of All Flash for Primary Storage.

We are laser focused on helping customers build the Modern Data Center with EMC’s industry leading All Flash portfolio.

This is truly an exciting time for EMC, our Partners, and our mutual customers as we work together to help transform businesses. It also sets us up to impact all areas of our customers’ and prospects’ businesses in a highly competitive way.

Why does this matter to you? It’s simple.

EMC helps enable your customers to “Modernize Without Compromise” with a broad portfolio of products and solutions that reach beyond traditional storage into real application transformation solutions, and that deliver customer friendly TCO at multiple levels.

But don’t take our word for it …

Partners say the two new all-flash solutions introduced by EMC on Monday, will help boost business with existing customers, start conversations with new customers and accelerate business after EMC merges with Dell. (Partners See Big Enterprise Opportunity With New EMC All-Flash VMAX And DSSD, CRN, 2/29/16.)

 

The one-two punch of XtremIO and VMAX All Flash is going to be a winning combination to get our market share from where it is today – 39 percent – to well over 50 in the next few years. (EMC: Flash to Hit Inflection Point in 2016Channelnomics, 2/29/16.)

 

In the same article, EMC Partner and Computacenter’s chief technologist, Bill McGloin was quoted from CRN UK, “We are still heading towards the all-flash datacenter … The announcements today are what we’ve been waiting for two years now. It has been a really competitive market, but the good thing for me as a partner is that we see EMC is maintaining its lead in the space.” (EMC: Flash to Hit Inflection Point in 2016Channelnomics, 2/29/16.)

 

Modernize without Compromise supports the pillars of the Modern Data Center
… And focuses on the key tenets of Agility, Speed, and Efficiency

 

Agility leads to:

  • 90% reduction in task provisioning
  • 10-100X reduction in planning & architecture

Speed allows for:

  • 10-20X improvement in application performance
  • 75% reduction in batch processing

Efficiency provides:

  • 83%+ (average) reduction in floor space
  • 71% (average) reduction in power and cooling
  • 2-10x reduction in physical storage capacity

To support this, EMC is making some significant changes to how we support our internal sales and Partner communities, including:

  • The consolidation of our primary storage Sales and Marketing teams (XtremIO, VMAX and VNX) to ensure consistency across these offerings
  • The development of a number of tools and positioning guides to help you understand where and when to best position each primary storage offering

I am honored to have been named Senior Vice President of EMC’s Primary Storage division, and look forward to working closely with you, our EMC Business Partner community.

And, if that is not exciting enough, I am thrilled to announce the #EMCModernDataCenter contest.

Create and submit showcasing your knowledge and understanding of EMC’s Modern Data Center pitch for a chance to win prizes from Brocade. Winners will be announced during Global Partner Summit (GPS), May 2-4, 2016.

Click here for full details and rules.

Please join me—and the Modern Data Center conversation—at GPS 2016

Modernize without Compromise: Tap into the EMC All Flash Portfolio

GPS 2016 Breakout Session with Mike Wing

Tuesday, May 3rd | 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Palazzo E – 5th Floor

Throughout both EMC World 2016 and Global Partner Summit, you’ll learn so much about the Modern Data Center, and how EMC can help you transform your customers’ businesses and win more opportunities with EMC primary storage products and solutions.

There’s still time to register for GPS 2016—hope to see you there!

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