Dell plots cloud build-out; $1 billion investment this year

Dell outlined plans to invest $1 billion in cloud computing services this year and build data centers to deliver services.

Dell outlined plans to invest $1 billion in cloud computing services this year and build data centers to deliver services. 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 Wednesday. Dell's big positioning appears to be that it isn't trying to sell you a complete stack. The company argues that its gear isn't proprietary and can fit in with existing infrastructure better and keep you from being locked in.

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

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