Dell outlines $1bn datacentre investment

Dell has outlined plans to invest US$1 billion in cloud computing services this year and build datacentres over the next 24 months, including one in Australia.

Dell has outlined plans to invest US$1 billion in cloud computing services this year and build datacentres over the next 24 months, including one in Australia.

The move comes as Dell enters a public cloud computing race. Enterprises are ready for cloud deployments and now Dell and Hewlett-Packard are making up for lost time as a public cloud option. IBM also outlined its next-generation cloud plans on Thursday.

Dell executives outlined the strategy on a conference call on Wednesday.

The main thrust of Dell's cloud push revolves around datacentres to be built over the next two years. These datacentres will put Dell more into the cloud game. Dell is aiming to offer computing-as-a-service, storage-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and virtual-desktops-as-a-service.

Australia will also become the host of one of 22 "solution centres", 12 of which will be rolled out over the next 12 months, with ten more to be completed over the next 18 months. These centres will be a showroom for Dell to demonstrate its products to customers, complete proof-of-concept testing to make sure the products work in the customer's environment and hold architectural design workshops.

Dell's positioning appears to be that it isn't trying to sell a complete stack; the company argues that its gear isn't proprietary, and can fit in with existing infrastructure and keep customers from being locked-in.

Via ZDNet US

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