Dell Technologies held the “Perspectives–2021 and beyond ‘Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ)’ media briefing. Co-hosted by Amit Midha, President, APJ and Global Digital Cities, and John Roese, Global Chief Technology Officer, Dell Technologies, the virtual briefing looked back at organizations’ top IT priorities in 2020 and discussed the technology trends that will lead 2021 and beyond.
“2020 was a year of acceleration as we have seen. We had a front row seat to the overnight digital transformation and drastic changes to how we work, learn and live. Today, despite us working from home, businesses have continued to run smoothly. That is the power of technology,” Midha said, addressing media from Singapore.
Midha added that innovation has accelerated. Last year, the company made major announcements such as the launch of PowerScale, PowerStore and Project APEX. “We are building on our industry-leading portfolios to empower organizations, to make sure that we are the essential infrastructure company for the data era,” Midha said.
Quantum computing and semiconductors amongst top emerging technology trends
For the technology trends in 2021 and beyond, Roese pointed to the quantum computing arena and said that viability for the technology is still many years in the future. Quantum computing is “a disruption, but it will not disrupt the conventional computing market.” Roese further elaborated hat quantum technology is “an accelerator, an augment to conventional computing.”
“Last year, quantum computing was still a work-in-progress and most people had no access to it. This year, we have enough quantum systems which are present in public clouds, industrial companies and government labs. This will be the year that will enable broader software development ecosystems to experiment with quantum computing. This is the first year that a computer scientist with no prior access to quantum computing can go into a simulator and start to learn the language of quantum, several years before turning that into value.”
Roese also pointed out semiconductors as a top technology trend to note, “We are moving from the era of homogeneous compute to an era of heterogeneous compute. This means that homogenous compute like x86 will be highly augmented with Domain Specific Architectures (Accelerators), and semiconductor ecosystems are reorganizing for this domain.”
Roese highlighted that there would be an equal amount of changes happening with software modernization and integration platforms such as future servers. These changes will not only happen technically but at an industry level this year.
Room for innovation with 5G and multi-cloud bringing changes to the edge
According to Roese, the idea of 5G will cease to be a consumer product and dominated by enterprises.
“In 2021, we will have true standalone 5G materialize and it will include advance features. Enterprise use cases will dominate the technical landscape of 5G, for both public and private deployment models. The fundamental architecture of 5G will move away from the telco and shift to a cloud and IT architecture, which will be open and software-defined for the first time,” Roese continued.
Roese made the last prediction on the edge. Edge proliferation will emerge as a major issue of multi-cloud edges with too many independent edge systems. Edge architecture will evolve to discriminate between edge platforms (pools of shared capacity) and edge workloads (extensions of processing and data tasks).
“In 2021 and 2022, we will see the shift to building edge platforms that can run multiple edge experiences and software-defined services on them to solve the edge proliferation problem. Edge platforms will become major new areas of on-premise IT capacity delivered as both product and as-a-service,” Roese elaborated.
Midha said that these trends are applicable to the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region. Midha concluded with Dell Technologies’ 2030 moonshot goals and reiterated that the company will make its positive social impact real and measurable – by cultivating inclusion, advancing sustainability, transforming lives, and upholding privacy and ethics.
“Ultimately, we believe that what we do is not only essential, but if done right, will make the world a better place. I strongly believe that technology and data combined with human spirit are, and will always be, positive forces in the world. We are headed towards a future that is bright and extraordinary.”
Dell Technologies’ Strategy and Plan for 2021 in the Indian Market
Elaborating on Dell Technologies’ strategy and plan for 2021 in the Indian market given the current scenario, Midha added, “As we head into 2021, top IT priorities for APJ organizations will be focused on learning and working from home with automation and agility across IT for consistency and operational resilience. This extends across industries and both the private and public sectors. Data is defining the next era of business, and we are helping our customers thrive in this. We will bring the full power of our technology and expertise toward organizations that help address the immediate health, safety and sustainability of our communities. This is driven as a corporate imperative in the work that we are doing with Citizens of the Greater Barrier Reef to ramp up on data collection to save the reefs; genome sequencing with T-Gen supporting pediatric cancer patients; and with Digital Lifecare platform in partnership with India’s Tata Trusts to bring preventive healthcare to millions living in remote areas. We are a collective force of innovative capabilities that takes a unique, holistic approach to developing and delivering modern edge, to core, to cloud technologies, providing customers capability to address digital transformation, IT transformation, workforce transformation and security transformation.”
New Programs Dell Technologies Planning To Roll Out For Channel Partners
Briefing on new programs is Dell Technologies planning to roll out for its channel partners, Tian Beng Ng, SVP and GM, Channel, APJ, observed, “Our Dell Technologies Digital Transformation (DT) Index 2020 reveals that at least 8 in 10 organizations (84%) in APJ have fast-tracked some digital programs this year and are reinventing their business model. As the trend continues, I think about the increasingly important role that our partners play to meet the changing demands of business leaders. We want to make the channel partner experience more personalized and simpler in 2021, while also having plans in store to accelerate VMware’s value proposition within Dell Technologies. From my feedback from our partners and customers during this period, a common thread is that everyone is talking as-a-service. That is why we have Project Apex bringing it all together. Together with our partners, we will bring a collective force of innovative solutions to advance and accelerate the next era of change.”