With its financial services clients in mind, Dell has opened a New York solution center, a testing and validation facility where clients can experiment with technology in a realistic setting with global connectivity.
"The solutions center model allows our customers to work with partners to bring solutions live," said Lee Morgan, global executive for Dell Solutions Ceners, at the press event today.
[With data security a top concern for banks, clients can test technology from Dell Secureworks in the NYC facility. For more on Secureworks, read: Data Security: Who's Winning the Cyber War?.]
For financial companies, the New York facility allows them to test solutions that are tailored to financial company's needs, said Bob Barris, vice president, global sales for financial services, during an interview following the solution center opening. "The financial industry is under tremendous cost and regulatory pressure," Barris said. "The industry is moving toward standardized technology and the solutions center will allow them to test out technology that will ultimately lower costs."
At today's opening, Dell showcased a few technologies that are specific to financial services:
Banking & Securities: Financial services customers are able to improve security, reduce downtime, and minimize power and cooling costs on trading floors with Dell's Trading Floor Simplification solution from Dell and Amulet Hotkey. The High Performance Database Solution from Dell and Kove provides the industry's lowest latency and highest performance tick capture and market data analysis for faster analysis and decision-making.
End User Computing: Dell's virtual desktop infrastructure solutions allow customers to support remote users, secure their data and centralize IT control quickly and easily. On-site demonstrations will show how healthcare and education industries are using this technology.
Cloud Solutions: Dell's portfolio of efficient public, private and hybrid Cloud solutions, including Virtual Integrated Systems, SecureWorks, Dell Openstack-Powered Cloud Solution and the Cloud Solution for Web Applications, helps customers integrate the cloud into their IT environments to quickly scale their infrastructure to meet business demands.
Data and Analytics Solutions: As business intelligence continues to grow in importance, bringing with it challenges of data migration, security and storage, Dell Services will demonstrate how its storage portfolio and data and analytics solutions help customers.
In the past year, more than 2,400 customer engagements have been completed at Dell solution centers. Of those, approximately 40 percent were in the Americas, 25 percent in Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) and 35 percent in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), according to Dell.
The solutions center is the eleventh similar facility that Dell has opened in the past 12 months. Other Dell solution centers are located in Limerick, Ireland; Shanghai, China; Austin, Texas; Washington, DC (Herndon, VA); Singapore; Chicago, Illinois (Buffalo Grove); Tokyo, Japan; Frankfurt, Germany; Paris, France; Sydney, Australia; and a satellite site in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A new center in Silicon Valley, Calif. is scheduled to open later in 2012, according to Dell.