el Reg Disco

There was a piece over on the Register by Timothy Prickett Morgan on options for Cisco and Dell merging, it was the suggestion that the merged company be called Disco that actually caught my attention! As I said in the online comments, “My commenting on this article doesn’t reflect any personal or business support or endorsement of the views expressed[by Timothy Prickett Morgan or The Register]”.

I made a typical mistake when speed reading an article just before leaving for the day, in my comments I made a few minor typing mistakes. So, here is the corrected version of what I should have sent.

“It’s a shame that so many of you feel Dell doesn’t do research, or even build it’s own servers, I understand why, but it’s simply not the case(excuse the pun) anymore. I wasn’t sure what I’d find when I jumped ship from IBM to come to Dell, but what I found was a dedicated and skilled hardware team who design the motherboards, the interconnects, how the components interact, drive standards adoption, and design hardware packaging, placement, cooling and some innovative features into the servers in both hardware and management.

Yes, the servers are assembled with a lot of industry standard parts, but the way they are designed is pure Dell; the layout is Dell and we drive the component manufacturers to innovate to meet our specifications. And yes, many are assembled outside of a Dell owned facility. This isn’t your fathers Dell though

I’m sure all those commenting have prior experience, but we are a different company today, working hard to deliver on some key technology innovations. Our DCS, PowerEdge-C servers are 2nd to none in the cloud server space, we’ve also got some great servers optimized for the enterprise and virtualization space including the PowerEdge R910 and the PowerEdge AMD based R815, being two of my favorites. We are doing the same thing in some key industry verticals and software segments, in order to help drive down industry prices and keep competition open.

Less you think this was really an anonymous post by some bland marketing or PR person, it wasn’t. I’m Mark Cathcart, one of Dells Distinguished Engineers and Director of Systems Engineering; and no, I didn’t get this comment approved or proof read before I posted it.

You can find my blog with an email address at https://cathcam.wordpress.com with an email address if you have specific problems or concerns about anything I’ve written.

My commenting on this article doesn’t reflect any personal or business support or endorsement of the views expressed, I was just attracted by the concept of working at a Disco again, its been 36-years since the last time ;-)”

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I'm Mark Cathcart, formally a Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group; before that Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. Prior to that, I was IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I'm an information technology optimist.


I was a member of the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative Steering committee. Read more about it here.

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