Dell - Infoworld en Dell unveils fabric switch, SDN controller <p>Dell this week rolled out products designed to help customers build and scale cloud environments.</p><p>The new gear includes the Dell Z9500 fabric switch and the Active Fabric Controller software for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (<a href="" target="_blank">NFV</a>). Together, the products are intended to provide data centers with the scale, automation and orchestration necessary to transition to virtualized cloud infrastructures.</p> Networking Virtualization Dell Network Switch SDN Virtualization Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:36:37 +0000 ccraig 239053 at When tech titans join forces: The verdict on 6 big mergers <p>Batman and Robin. Siskel and Ebert. Great Britain and the United States in World War II. Cookie dough and ice cream. Usually, when two distinct entities join together, they form one opposable force.</p> <p>Or do they? While there are major success stories to be found when two large tech companies come together, there's a Time Warner-AOL fiasco for every Oracle-Sun combination.</p> The Industry Standard Dell EMC VMware Facebook Google Hewlett-Packard (HP) Yahoo M&A Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:06:25 +0000 admin 237613 at Custom server market grows at expense of Dell, HP <p>The demand for customized servers is growing as buying trends change, with more companies designing servers in-house instead of buying from well-established vendors such as Hewlett-Packard or Dell.</p> <p>Server market revenue in the fourth quarter last year was $14.2 billion, dropping by 4.4 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012, according to a survey released by IDC. The survey showed that sales from smaller white-box server makers -- called "ODM Direct" by IDC -- collectively growing at the fastest rate of 47.2 percent year over year.</p> Computer Hardware Data Explosion Dell Hewlett-Packard (HP) Servers Data Center Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:46:06 +0000 admin 237343 at Dell to resell, implement NetSuite's cloud ERP software <p>Dell and NetSuite are broadening their relationship, with Dell becoming a global reseller and IT systems integrator for NetSuite's cloud ERP (enterprise resource planning) software.</p> <p>NetSuite and Dell had already partnered around Dell's Boomi cloud integration technology, and signed off on the expanded agreement a couple of weeks ago, NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson said in an interview prior to Tuesday's announcement.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Dell ERP SaaS Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:37:36 +0000 admin 237081 at Dell, Red Hat team up on network virtualization <p>Dell is teaming up with Red Hat to drive its effort to be a force in the burgeoning area of network function virtualization (NFV) technology, aimed at helping carriers reduce costs and quickly roll out new services.</p> <p>Co-engineered Dell-Red Hat OpenStack-based NFV and SDN (software defined networking) applications are expected to be available in 2014, Dell said.</p> Networking Virtualization Dell Red Hat SDN Virtualization Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:49:45 +0000 admin 236819 at Which vendors will be on target in the era of New IT <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="Which vendors will be on target in the era of New IT" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Chris Boswell</p></em></div> Applications Big Data Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Data Center Mobile Technology Apple AT&T Dell EMC VMware Google Hewlett-Packard (HP) IBM Microsoft Oracle Samsung SAP Symantec Verizon Big Data BlackBerry IT Management Service-oriented Architecture IaaS iOS SaaS Cloud Computing Mobile Technology Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 234403 at Dell ARMs itself with new proof-of-concept 64-bit 'microserver' <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Dell ARMs itself with new proof-of-concept 64-bit 'microserver'" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>During the last two years, Dell's been pushing its nose all the more into the low-power 64-bit ARM server tent -- but only by slow inches, much like the rest of the industry.</p> Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Data Center Dell Data Center Design Servers Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:14:32 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 235790 at Dell cuts 'small percentage' of workforce <p>Dell Monday confirmed it has cut its global workforce by what it called a "small percentage," which could mean a reduction of thousands of employees. Dell won't say exactly how many jobs have been cut.</p> The Industry Standard Dell IT Jobs Technology Business Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:51:37 +0000 ccraig 235611 at Apple, Cisco, Dell unhappy over alleged NSA back doors in their gear <p>Germany's Der Spiegel newsmagazine reported Monday that the U.S. National Security Agency has for years compromised a wide range of hardware devices, including PCs, iPhones, hard drives, and network routers, as part of its spying activities. The NSA also installed back doors into European telecom networks and into BlackBerry's network operations center to spy on communications, the Der Spiegel report says.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Networking Security The Industry Standard Apple Cisco Systems Dell Edward Snowden Laptop PCs iPhone Network Router Hacking Internet Privacy Government Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:30:10 +0000 Galen Gruman 233261 at Dell joins forces with Dropbox to boost hosted storage for enterprises <p>Dropbox is getting help from Dell to convince enterprises to pick its hosted storage and file-sharing platform, and also to make it more secure.</p><p>Take advantage of enterprises' growing interest in and acceptance for personal cloud-based storage services, vendors like Dropbox have been partnering with large telecom operators and software vendors.</p> Cloud Computing Storage Dell Cloud Storage Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:04:18 +0000 ccraig 232681 at Dell and Red Hat team to sell enterprise OpenStack <p>Dell will start selling systems early next year that run Red Hat's version of the OpenStack open-source cloud platform.</p> <p>The offering will be tailored for large enterprises that wish to set up private clouds, said Radhesh Balakrishnan, Red Hat general manager for virtualization and OpenStack.</p> Cloud Computing Dell Red Hat OpenStack Servers Open Source Software Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:53:57 +0000 admin 232587 at Dell to add Chromebook 11, looks beyond Windows and Android <p>Dell said it would join a growing market of thin-and-light Chrome OS laptops with the new Chromebook 11, but the system will initially be available only to educational institutions.</p> <p>The company did not provide specifications for the laptop, but in an email said more Chromebooks will be announced for "budget-strapped" small-and-medium business and consumers in the coming months.</p> Computer Hardware Dell Laptop PCs Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:28:33 +0000 admin 232454 at Review: Dell PowerEdge VRTX hits the high notes <div id="image"><img src="" alt="Dell PowerEdge VRTX" /></div> <p>Basically a small blade-server chassis, Dell's PowerEdge VRTX packs up to four server blades and as many as 32 small-form-factor disk drives into a self-contained, cluster-in-a-box solution. From a cost and convenience perspective, the cluster in a box is compelling for a wide range of use cases. It's an ideal hardware setup for virtualizing a branch office infrastructure or even certain small to medium-size enterprise workloads.</p> Computer Hardware Data Center Dell Blade Servers Servers Computer Hardware Data Center IDG Insider Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 230908 at Urine luck: Dells may smell, but don't blame the Intercats <p>Over the years, many people have written to me complaining that their Dell computers stink -- but they've never been quite so literal about it as they have of late.</p> <p>Buyers of the Dell Latitude 6430u seem united in their belief that their new $900 laptops <a href="" target="_blank">smell distinctly like cat pee</a>.</p> Dell Cringely Internet Laptop PCs Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:02:51 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 230044 at Dell completes deal to go private, as product plans remain intact <p>A deal to buy out Dell was completed on Tuesday, officially taking the company private.</p> <p>The company's CEO Michael Dell and investment partner Silver Lake are buying the company for $24.9 billion. The company's shareholders will get $13.88 per share as part of the deal, including a dividend of 13 cents per share.</p> Computer Hardware The Industry Standard Dell Desktop PCs Servers Technology Business Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:44:23 +0000 admin 229741 at Dell to show off its first 64-bit ARM server <p>Dell will give its first public demonstration of a 64-bit ARM server this week, the latest step in an industrywide effort to build servers based on low-power chips like those used in smartphones.</p> <p>Dell will show a server based on a 64-bit ARM processor from AppliedMicro running the Fedora version of Linux and hooked up to a storage system from PMC-Sierra, Dell said.</p> Computer Hardware ARM Dell Hewlett-Packard (HP) Processors Servers Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:00:34 +0000 admin 229688 at With new Venue tablets, Dell signals its PC division is alive and kicking <p>Dell sent a message that it intends to keep its PC division alive with the launch of new Venue tablets on Wednesday.</p><p>The company launched two Venue tablets with Android, and two with Microsoft's latest Windows 8.1 OS. The tablets will come with screen sizes ranging from 7 inches to 11 inches.</p> Mobile Technology Dell Tablets Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:01:45 +0000 ccraig 228113 at Dell unveils new Venue tablets, major updates to XPS Ultrabook line <p>Dell teased its Intel Bay Trail-powered 8-inch Venue Pro tablet at the Intel Developer Forum last month. On Wednesday, the company introduced several 11-inch versions of the Venue Pro.</p><p>But don't think Dell is buying into the notion of a post-PC marketplace: It also introduced three new Ultrabooks bearing its XPS brand, including an 11.6-inch, 2-in-1 convertible, and a 15.6-inch model tricked out with discrete graphics and an eye-popping display with a resolution of 3,200 by 1,800 pixels.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Dell Laptop PCs Tablets Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:50:18 +0000 ccraig 228103 at Dance of the zombies: Why going private won't save Dell or BlackBerry <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Dance of the zombies: Why going private won't save Dell or BlackBerry" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Covering tech these days can be a lot like watching an episode of "The Walking Dead." Zombie companies stagger around, taking bites out of panicked shareholders and about-to-be fired employees.</p> Computer Hardware Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Dell BlackBerry Desktop PCs Technology Business Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 227556 at Microsoft sole Windows RT tablet vendor as Dell's XPS 10 is 'unavailable' <p>Dell's XPS 10 tablet models with Windows RT have been removed from the company's website, which analysts said could leave Microsoft as the only vendor selling ARM-based tablets running versions of Windows RT.</p> <p>The XPS 10 Web page <a href="" target="_blank">lists models of the tablet</a> as being "unavailable," and points users to the Latitude 10 tablet, which runs Windows 8 and has an Intel Atom processor. Microsoft, which sells Surface RT, is now the only device maker selling a tablet with Windows RT.</p> Mobile Technology Dell Windows RT Microsoft Windows Tablets Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:30:30 +0000 ccraig 227504 at