The company reported second quarter net income of $1.1 billion, or $1.37 a share, on revenue of $22.7 billion. Non-GAAP earnings were $1.92 a share.
Wall Street was expecting Dell to report fiscal second quarter revenue of $22.52 billion and non-GAAP earnings of $1.40 a share.
Dell Technologies, which includes results from VMware, saw strong demand in government and education sectors. Dell Technologies said that second quarter orders in education were up 24%. ""In Q2, we saw strength in the government sector and in education, with orders up 16 and 24 percent, respectively, as parents, teachers and school districts prepare for a new frontier in virtual learning," said Jeff Clarke, chief operating officer.
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Also in the second quarter:
- Dell Technologies expands its flexible payments program for customers
- Dell Technologies launches premium Latitude 7410 Chromebook
- Dell Technologies says it will explore potential VMware spin-off
The quarter was propelled by Dell's client solutions group, which delivered revenue of $11.2 billion and operating income of $715 million. Demand was driven by remote work and education. Notebooks, consumer PCs and gaming systems all saw double-digit revenue growth. Consumer revenue was up 18% and commercial revenue fell 11%.
Simply put, everything went remote in the second quarter:
- Speed up your home office: How to optimize your network for remote work and learning
- The best laptop docking stations: Your essential accessory for working from home
- Back to school: The 5 best Chromebooks for students
As for infrastructure, Dell Technologies had second quarter revenue of $8.2 billion with operating income of $973 million. VMware contributed revenue of $2.9 billion and operating income of $984 million in the second quarter. VMware tops Q2 expectations on strong growth in SaaS revenue