Dell Research also hopes to deliver data analytics capabilities for Dell's many small and midsized customers that typically lack the on-staff data scientists of their larger rivals. "It's a matter of asking, 'How do I move the customer in the journey from descriptive analytics to predictive to prescriptive analytics?'"
In addition, Dell Research will explore issues its customers face managing mobile systems in the bring-your-own-device era. "Our focus is on delivering both productivity and security for BYOD" for the mobile devices and their data flows.
In the area of infrastructure, the group aims to leverage Dell's position as an x86 server vendor at a time when more networking workloads are moving to such systems.
"The ability of software to do things on standard servers we think is going to be quite disruptive to the industry and to the datacenter," Menon said. "Increasingly, over time, software running on standard servers can supplant the need for various kinds of specialized hardware boxes inside a datacenter."
— Zewde Yeraswork, Associate Editor, EE Times