July 6, 2020


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Dell, Nutanix flag Q1 revenue estimates

The info storage industry continues to be on superior warn for a coronavirus effect, as Dell Systems and Nutanix this week lifted cautionary flags about their early 2020 income estimates.

Significant storage players have fantastic reason to continue to keep close tabs on the coronavirus outbreak that has sickened much more than 82,000 persons in forty six countries and killed close to 3,000 due to the fact surfacing in Wuhan, China late very last calendar year. Numerous vendors have business workplaces, production facilities, producing associates or ingredient suppliers in China and other pieces of Asia, exactly where the COVID-19 virus has hit the toughest.

“This is a pretty real problem for us as numerous of our persons are close to that region,” said Hu Yoshida, vice president and international CTO at Hitachi Vantara.

Hitachi and other storage vendors have been disseminating academic supplies and protective materials, furnishing guidance assets, and implementing travel restrictions and tips as they try out to continue to keep their staff members healthy and protected and lessen the effect to their businesses.  

So significantly, none of the important storage vendors has modified its entire-calendar year steerage to traders based mostly on the coronavirus outbreak. But the initial hints of a brief-time period income effect emerged this week for the duration of the earnings calls, when Dell Systems, the major enterprise server and storage vendor, and Nutanix, a leader in hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), tempered their income expectations.

Coronavirus effect at Dell

Hu Yoshida

Dell EVP and CFO Thomas Sweet said yesterday that the firm expects its ordinary income sample to be “softer” owing to the coronavirus outbreak. He mentioned that China is Dell’s second-biggest marketplace, and Dell has expert troubles there in the server marketplace.

Sweet said, as a outcome of the COVID-19 outbreak, Dell would “handle the source chain-associated dynamics with extended guide occasions for particular merchandise, specifically in client.” He said people may move elsewhere if they can not locate the proper solution when they want it.

Customer effect: Also early to tell

Storage shoppers have reason to view for vendors’ source problems, simply because that could outcome in solution shortages.

“It truly is nonetheless much too early to quantify what effect, if any, we will see on shipments of servers and storage programs to stop people for the initial fifty percent of 2020,” said Sebastian Lagana, a research manager at IDC.

Chinese factories shut down for the duration of the Lunar New Yr holiday break that extended from late January by means of Feb. nine, and numerous vacationing workers were being not able to return dwelling owing to the suspension of general public transportation services. Lagana said there is very likely to be source-chain disruption at the level of components and printed circuit boards (PCBs). He said, the for a longer time that the restrictions on facility reopenings and travel continue, the for a longer time it will choose to ramp production back to entire ability.

“Numerous suppliers do continue to keep a war upper body of components and PCBs on hand, which will enable offset any source chain strain, but this generally would deal with someplace concerning a two- to four-week disruption window,” Lagana said. “Soon after that, production would start off to sluggish. A silver lining, even so, is that we have been explained to by some OEMs that they tend to insulate their source chain a little bit much more than typical in line with the Lunar New Yr holiday break, so there may have presently been some shorter-time period contingency preparing in location.”

HCI professional Nutanix said it does not assume any serious source chain disruptions for the present-day quarter. But CFO Duston Williams said Nutanix was forecasting decreased-than-expected income in portion owing to the coronavirus effect on demand from customers in Asia.

This is a pretty real problem for us as numerous of our persons are close to that region.
Hu YoshidaVP and international CTO, Hitachi Vantara

“There are some big deals in Japan that we have to view out for. Japan’s fiscal calendar year closes in March. We are just seeking to be much more cautious than nearly anything else,” Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey said for the duration of an interview pursuing the earnings contact. Pandey said Nutanix diminished its income forecast simply because the Asia-Pacific region accounts for 16% to eighteen% of the company’s business.

NetApp has issued a assertion notifying associates and shoppers about “a probable for effect” on its source chain operations. NetApp said, though closing assembly and screening of its merchandise is accomplished outside of China, the firm has ingredient suppliers in China that continue to encounter the effect of “restrictions on movements of persons and products.”

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) continues to be in “consistent contact” with its suppliers and joint venture associates at H3C to assess any effect of the COVID-19 outbreak, in accordance to a firm spokesperson. HPE claimed to have “strong business continuity designs” to mitigate disruption, satisfy client demand from customers and shield staff members.

For occasion, HPE carried out a international 14-day function-from-dwelling plan for staff members who have visited mainland China or appear in contact with everyone who has. HPE also set into location additional screening procedures for visitors to HPE destinations.

Hitachi Vantara current its travel plan on Wednesday, based mostly on advisories from the U.S. Condition Section. The firm now prohibits travel to mainland China and advises versus nonessential travel to South Korea, Japan and Italy. Hitachi does not assume any considerable coronavirus effect to its source chain or business operations in the present-day quarter, in accordance to a firm spokesperson.

Pure Storage sees nominal coronavirus effect

Pure Storage CEO Charlie Giancarlo said yesterday the firm anticipates no considerable effect to source and operations this quarter, though he acknowledged the predicament continues to be “pretty fluid” and it is really much too early to forecast upcoming quarters.

Giancarlo pointed out that China signifies a rather modest portion of Pure’s income foundation and source chain. He said his firm is trying to keep close tabs on its subassemblies in China, but Pure has a multi-continent source chain technique for sourcing components and assembling solution. He additional that Pure has fantastic visibility into its “pretty effectively diversified” NAND flash source, which mainly comes from South Korea, Japan and the U.S.

Dave Raffo contributed to this story.