SAN FRANCISCO – It’s been a busy year for John Swainson, the president of Dell Software, who just passed his first anniversary on the job.
When he joined the company had US$100 million in software revenue, with 500 people in the software organization. That has now grown to US$1.5 billion, and 6,000 people, thanks to the acquisition of companies like Quest Software.
“We’ve made a lot of progress in building a business,” Swainson said this week at an annual press and analyst briefing day. “We’ve started to now weave this together to make the notion of a solution that Dell’s been talking about for a couple of years real — the inclusion of software is the glue that ties together hardware and services.”
The company released refreshes of existing Kace management products and launched a third member of the family, the Kace 3000, which rounds out the portfolio with mobile device management. Also on the management front, a new version of Dell Wyse Cloud Manager adds Active Directory support to improve user management and allow single sign-on for Wyse thin clients.
Migration Manager for Exchange and Migration Manager for Active Directory, which help organizations move between versions of Exchange and Active Directory, also were refreshed to accommodate the latest versions of Microsoft’s products, including Office 365.
Handling big data got a boost from the release of version 2.0 of the Toad Business Intelligence suite, a BI product that came from Dell’s acquisition of Quest last year.
In the security realm, a new cloud edition of Dell Data Protection | Encryption and a new version of Dell ClearPass are squarely aimed at helping manage and protect BYOD devices.
Jason Thomas, CIO and IT director of Green Clinic, a Ruston, La., healthcare facility, is counting on it. As physicians began bringing in their own mobile devices and demanding access to the network, he had to find a way to accommodate them without compromising security. Dell had already helped him build a VDI environment to support electronic records, and he was able to use Wyse PocketCloud, a remote desktop product for iOS and Android devices, to let them access their files securely and not compromise HIPPA compliance. However, he’s still looking for app containerization, which Swainson says is in the works.
Thomas’ BYOD solution has paid off in user satisfaction. “Physicians and staff now see IT as a partner,” he said, “not just geeks waiting in a dark closet for something to break.”