The future of the technology space in the next 5-10 years will depend on software-defined data centres and fifth-generation telephony, believes Michael Dell, chairman & chief executive officer of Dell Technologies. According to the chairman, in the next 5-10 years, a couple of things are expected to happen.
“Software-defined data centres will emerge as the de facto standard and another thing we see is the emergence of 5G cellular network. Japan is leading the way, but we expect it will be a global phenomenon,” Dell said at the Dell EMC World 2017 convention in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Given the huge amount of data being generated, Dell believes every industry is required to re-imagine their business strategies. “They (companies) are afraid of new companies who do not have legacy issues,” he added. He also said 5G cellular network is about data and the low latency characteristics of such a network will lead to the advent of a new kind of computing cloud, which would be different from the existing cloud system.
Talking about the company’s focus, he said: “We are very focused on infrastructure. We want to be the essential infrastructure company during the current fourth industrial revolution.” He reiterated that for Dell, the personal computer (PC) business is the core. “We make PCs but we are focused on the data centre, enterprise and commercials.”
“Clearly what Dell Technologies has done is just beyond PCs. But PCs are still very important to our customers and to us. Actually for us, the average selling price of PCs are going up and not down. The revenues of the PC business is going up, not down. And our share in the PC market is going up as well,” Dell observed.
The combined Dell EMC entity employs around 140,000 people cross 180 countries, with a combined revenue of $74 billion. According to the billionaire philanthropist, India — apart from China, Japan and Australia in the Asia-Pacific region — remains the main focus of the company. India was Dell’s third-largest market before the merger which was finalised in September 2017. Travel for this report was sponsored by Dell Technologies