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

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

Summary: 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.


Topics: Hardware, Banking, Cloud, Data Centers, Dell, Servers, Storage, Virtualization

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  • In a few years, will be laughing about how we used to actually BUY servers

    and install and maintain them, paying thousands a month in payroll to keep them patched and running. Even funnier will be the Windows servers that people used to buy and run and how much it cost them.
    • RE: Dell plots cloud build-out; $1 billion investment this year

      @DonnieBoy <br><br>I hope within the next decade that on-the-premises computing seems silly.<br><br>Anybody know offhand what caused the shift from mainframe computing to begin with? <br><br>It's fascinating to me that as we look to centralize our computing needs we are also trying to localize our power generation. Wouldn't it be funny if in 20 years most of our electricity was generated on site with solar panels (or some other tech) and most of our computing would be done in data centers?
      Rich Miles
    • RE: Dell plots cloud build-out; $1 billion investment this year

      @DonnieBoy - I hope you've posted and don't use Windows for at all.
  • Cloud...

    Certainly has the ability to streamline cost and lower TCO. It is still a fine balance of what resides in the cloud and what must remain on premise. Data compliance laws don't allow a good chunk of companies outside the US for instance to house data in a central repository... hence why the US Patriot Act must be repealed or revised to reflect the evolving needs of business. Regardless, when weighing the risk versus reward many legal and compliance teams are out trumped by CFOs and CEOs who believe the cost savings capabilities outweigh the risks.

    It's nice to see that Dell is getting in the game of hosting. If anyone thinks Windows Server is going away however is sorely wrong. Companies still want to maintain group policy local. Companies still need to print. Companies still need local file servers... companies still need a lot hence why at the end of the day the vendor who has the ability to scale both sides of the game will win (yeah sorry Donnieboy that mean Microsoft will continue to play.)

    What I find even more facinating is the role that future IT plays in this game of Cloud... no longer can an IT guy be and IT guy. He's got to be good at compliance, good at understanding the needs of the business, good at understanding complex architecture and an even better risk analysis. He has to understand how social computing works... how the business can take advantage and capitalize on other key areas of the technology.

    Factories use to create their own power. At that time there were engineers onsite whose sole responsibility was to manage generators. As you can imagine creating your own power was expensive. The grid changed that whole concept... now we have power on demand and pay as we go... this is essentially how mainstream IT is moving. The guys who are only managing a series of servers better determine what other "value" they can provide the business before its too late. They days of the $70,000 IT admin. are coming to an end. Technology may finally better equate to the revenue bottom line...
  • I think you are in denial. Windows is not needed for group policy,

    printing, or local file servers. First, all new printers connect directly to the network and do not need a local server. File servers will also be moved to the cloud, with the possibility of a local cache - a remotely managed appliance. So, sure, some companies that only have point and click admins might still have Windows, but, Linux appliances also have a point and click admin interface.
  • Let us see ...

    As the bible says in Matthew 27 - while the rest said, "Let us see whether Elijah is coming to deliver him." and in Psalm 90 - Let us see your miracles again; let our children see your glory at work. So, isn't apparent that Dell and its associates are proposing to do a cloud deal for the U.S. Business sectors needing this kind of technology...?