Dell EMC diverges HCI into networking and storage units

Dell EMC has shunted its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) products from the server business unit and divided them between the storage and networking units.

Last month Jeff Boudreau was promoted from head of storage to run the Infrastructure  Systems Group (ISG) which embraces servers, storage, data protection and networking.

Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, general manager, Server and Infrastructure Systems, a 19-year Dell veteran, has resigned. Arthur Lewis, his replacement, was formerly SVP of the ISG Center of Competence. 

Boudreau has taken the opportunity to move the bulk of the HCI business, centered on the VxRail, to Tom Burns’ networking and solutions unit. The rationale is that HCI is a solutions business and best handled there. 

VxRail, VxRack, VxFLEX, and XC HCI were moved to Gorakhpurwalla’s server unit in January last year by then ISG boss, Jeff Clarke. 

The VxFlex part of the HCI product set has been assigned to Dan Inbar’s storage unit, as it is aligned with software-defined storage.