With our newly expanded Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program (see blog) Dell EMC continues to raise the bar across the industry. The Dell EMC Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program gives customers additional peace of mind with guaranteed satisfaction and investment protection for future technology changes. This program not only provides longer coverage terms than other similar programs, it also has the fewest restrictions. Quite simply, we believe it’s the best program in the industry and we aren’t done enhancing it yet!We encourage everyone reading this to fully examine similar competitive programs to ensure you really understand what you’re getting and how much you are paying for it. Specifically, in recent years, Pure Storage has dramatically modified its “Evergreen Storage” program and many customers tell us they are not happy with what they’ve seen.To help you uncover the not-so-obvious details of some key elements of Pure Storage’s current Evergreen Storage program we’d like to provide some simple questions you can ask Pure Storage when reviewing their Evergreen Storage program. Let’s focus on the three program benefits that require the higher priced Evergreen Gold subscription, and are not included in the Evergreen Silver subscription.Free Every ThreeUpgrade FlexCapacity ConsolidationFree Every Three – This is Pure’s Evergreen Gold offering that claims you get upgraded controllers for free every three years.Questions to ask:Do I really need to pay for six years of Evergreen Gold to receive the ‘free’ controllers? The first three years to be eligible and then I can get the new controllers when I renew for another three years?What will it really cost me (over six years of a Gold Subscription) to get the free controllers?How much am I really saving versus just buying new controllers at a negotiated discount?From what we’ve seen and heard from customers the six years of required Evergreen Gold more than pays for the two new controllers. So, ‘Free Every Three’ is really just a ‘Pre-Pay’ program! It’s a trade-in program you need to pre-pay for, even if you never use it.Upgrade Flex Controllers – This is Pure’s Evergreen Gold offering for upgrading your controllers before they are three years old.Questions to ask:Why am I forced to buy additional capacity (Upgrade Flex Bundles) in order to upgrade my controllers? What if I don’t need more capacity?How much would it cost to buy a whole new Flash Array system, with only the capacity I require, compared to using the Upgrade Flex program?Does an Upgrade Flex purchase reset my Free Every Three subscription? (e.g. – If I use Upgrade Flex after two years do I then need to pay for another three years of Evergreen Gold (five total) to get the Free Every Three controllers?)Upgrade Flex appears to force customers to buy additional capacity, at a significant price premium, if they want to upgrade their controllers within the three years of purchasing their FlashArray. Pure tries to make it sound attractive by highlighting that you get trade-in credits for your old controllers but look carefully at the price of the additional capacity you are forced to purchase in order to trade in your old controllers for new ones. In total the customer ends up paying for all this to get the new controllers:An Evergreen Gold subscriptionHighly priced additional storage even if the customer doesn’t need itThe cost of the new controllers minus a trade-in credit for their current controllers (credit determined by Pure)Capacity Consolidation – This is Pure’s Evergreen Gold offering for trading in existing installed flash drives for newer higher capacity flash drives, or flash modules.Questions to ask:If 25% of the new capacity is the maximum trade-in credit I can get then what should I expect as the ‘normal’ trade in credit amount, and how is it calculated? How do I get the full 25% credit?How much of a premium am I going to pay for my new storage versus buying the extra capacity at time of original purchase?Due to the use of an Active-Passive (backend) controller architecture Pure’s FlashArray products have a limited amount of drives that can be installed without affecting overall performance, which limits their overall scalability. To overcome this they need a program (Capacity Consolidation) that allows customers to swap in newer higher capacity drives for older smaller capacity drives. Unfortunately for Pure’s customers, like all the Evergreen Gold specific features, this comes at a price premium.In contrast to Pure’s Evergreen Storage program, now a profit center for Pure, Dell EMC offers our recently expanded and enhanced Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program to provide customers with the peace of mind and investment protection they need to make educated decisions today. There are no hidden fees additional purchases required to take advantage of the benefits!Dell EMC’s Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program is comprised of seven industry-leading benefits:3 Year Satisfaction Guarantee – All products in the program now carry a 3-Year Satisfaction Guarantee4:1 Storage Efficiency Guarantee – by following Dell EMC’s recommended and straightforward best practices you will get effective logical storage capacity of at least 4X your purchased physical capacity. And there are no complex pre-assessments requiredNever-Worry Data Migrations – leverage seamless upgrades and built-in data migration technology, so it’s always easy to upgrade and/or migrate your data without disruption to the businessHardware Investment Protection – you can trade-in Dell EMC or even competitive systems for credit towards next gen Dell EMC storage or HCI product offeringsAll-Inclusive Software – with Dell EMC Storage you will have everything you need to store and manage your data included with product purchaseBuilt-in Virtustream Storage Cloud – Dell EMC Unity All-Flash customers immediately get the benefit of a built-in hybrid cloud with one year free Virtustream capacity. You get 20% of your purchased storage capacity free for a year, that’s like getting 20% more storage for freeNew! Clear Price – Consistent and predictable support pricing and services for all your Dell EMC storage and data protection appliancesNewly Expanded!Our Future-Proof program now also includes our Storage and Data Protection platforms!Click HERE for details on the Dell EMC Future-Proof Storage Loyalty ProgramSee what Analysts are already saying about the Future-Proof program here._______________________________________________________________________ Satisfaction Guarantee: Requires purchase of our standard 3-year ProSupport agreement. Compliance is based on product specifications. Any refund will be prorated.Hardware Investment Protection: Trade-In value determined based on market conditions at Dell EMC’s sole discretion.4:1 Storage Efficiency Guarantee: Requires customer signature and purchase of ProSupport with Mission Critical.Never-Worry Migrations: Does not include data transfer services. Customer responsible for ensuring data is backed-up.Built-in Virtustream Storage Cloud: Benefit available only with Dell EMC Unity purchase; Free capacity is limited to 20% of purchased storage capacity.All-Inclusive Software: Includes select software needed to store and manage data.TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. Valid only on direct purchases or through participating Channel Partners who offer reciprocal program benefits to their customers. See your Dell EMC sales representative or Channel Partner for details.
To learn more about your opportunities at Dell Technologies, visit jobs.delltechnologies.com.And follow us at Careers at Dell to learn what conferences we will be at next! Dell Technologies UK is committed to diversity and inclusion not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because its core to our business imperative. We embrace differences that drive innovative solutions for our customers and team members, making us a market leader.Focusing on our futureTo support our future innovators, we have an established partnership with the Prince’s Trust Foundation to empower disadvantaged young people across UK to get jobs. The Prince’s Trust Foundation has positively impacted over 870,000 disadvantaged youth to date.Embracing everyone’s individual talentsRealising that everyone has unique strengths and skills to contribute, we partnered with the UK government to obtain second level Disability Confident Employer status. As a Disability Confident Employer, we are better prepared to recruit, retain and develop team members who are differently abled. And we are making a difference in the disability employment gap!Engaging with the industryThis past year Dell Technologies attended a number of diversity events with the biggest event being the Women of Silicon Roundabout (WOSR), a two day conference at ExCel London. WOSR is the largest Women in Tech event in Europe. The sold out event saw over 4,000 tech leaders and professionals in attendance and consisted of inspirational keynote speakers, panel discussions, technical classes, careers development workshops and much more.During the two day event, three of our leaders; Dayne Turbitt (UK Enterprise Leader), Alejandra D’Ippolito (Systems Engineering Senior Director) and Margarete McGrath (Chief Digital Officer at Dell EMC) took to the stage and led a fantastic panel discussion around key issues such as women in technology, diversity and what Dell Technologies UK is trying to accomplish in the age of IT transformation.Are you considering a career in technology? Read these 5 words of advice our team members shared while attending the conference.Follow your passion, but be clear in where you want to go.Margarete McGrath, Chief Digital Officer at Dell EMCDon’t be scared to try something different and put yourself out there.Simon Kouttis, Secureworks Recruiter Go to an organization that you can identify with.Margarete McGrath, Chief Digital Officer at Dell EMC4. The technology industry is vibrant and fantastic, so be bold and be yourself and don’t be afraid to be different from the norm.Michelle Nunkoo, Portfolio Manager You can do it whether it be programming, software development and/or sales. Technology is for you!Elizabeth Green, Data Protection Solutions Regional Sales ManagerApproximately 350 conference attendees signed up to hear more about Dell Technologies careers. And guess what? We will be attending the event next year! Will we see you there?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to reopen the HealthCare.gov insurance markets for a special sign-up opportunity, as he promised during his campaign. It would be geared to people needing coverage in the coronavirus pandemic. Two people familiar with the plan tell The Associated Press that Biden is expected to sign an executive order Thursday, with details still being finalized. The new enrollment period would not go into effect immediately. Instead, the White House wants to provide time for the government to mount a marketing campaign, and for insurers to get ready for an influx of new customers.