Networks '97: Dell claims no.2 spot in servers

Dell is using the Networks '97 show in Birmingham this week to demonstrate its growing prowess in servers as it celebrated taking second place in UK sales of PC servers.

The latest statistics from Dataquest suggest Dell has rocketed its server business by over 160 per cent in a market that has grown 54 per cent in the last twelve months. DQ now gives Dell 15 per cent of the UK market, up from nine per cent.

"A year ago there were six or seven vendors battling in the server market," said Steve Jackson, Dell UK server business manager. "Today's figures demonstrate that now there are few vendors with the critical mass required to succeed in this market, and Dell is one of them."

At Networks, Dell showed off its new dual-CPU 266MHz Pentium II PowerEdge 2200. Customers were also treated to private demonstrations of Windows NT 'Wolfpack' clustering technology, according to sources. Close by a banner proclaiming the 'Fastest Growing Server Supplier In The World', Dell also showed a videoconferencing workstation based on an OptiPlex box attached to a Kodak DVC 3000 USB camera, using Motorola GSM for communications and Visual Technology's Vizitel videoconferencing software.