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 Dell To Invest $1 Billion in Storage Solutions And Services
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Message Text: Dell today announced it is increasing its investments in new technology solutions and services.

In its current fiscal year, Dell will invest $1 billion (USD) to deliver solutions, services and cloud-based delivery options.

Over the next 24 months, Dell will build multiple data centers around the world to provide its customers access to public and private cloud technologies and its IT outsourcing capabilities. These new data centers will allow Dell's customers to:

- Provide provisioning and scalability flexibility and alignment of costs to use application development and testing or scalable hosting of externally facing applications through flexible Compute-as-a-Service.
- Make unlimited storage available for production environments, off-premise back up and disaster recovery with Storage-as-a-Service.
- Energize application development and testing environments to quickly provision systems with Platform-as-a-Service.
- Centralize, secure and more easily manage user data while facilitating a more remote and mobile workforce through Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service.

Dell said it would open 12 Global Solution Centers this year and is planning 10 more over the next 18 months, to better bring open, capable and affordable solutions to organizations around the world. This global network of solution centers will provide a backdrop for its customers to learn about Dell's solutions and domain expertise. At the Global Solution Centers, Dell experts work with customers to help them make better use of their technology budgets so they can invest less on managing their infrastructure and more on technology innovation to grow their business.

Next Generation Data Center Computing

Dell vStart - Dell is delivering a new faster path to build virtual infrastructures. Dell vStart accelerates and simplifies virtualization adoption by providing an easy way to purchase a complete virtual infrastructure solution delivered ready to run physical and virtual workloads. With vStart an entire functioning virtual infrastructure solution is delivered ready to run up to 100 or 200 virtual machines from a single management environment - including Intel Xeon-based Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell EqualLogic storage, Dell PowerConnect switches, deployment services, hypervisors, and essential virtualization management extensions. The infrastructure is delivered pre-assembled to the customer's site as a single unit, racked and cabled, and directly from the Dell factory. With included initial deployment services, vStart can help customers build out the infrastructure required to host virtual machines. Dell vStart currently supports VMWare and support for other hypervisors is planned in the coming quarters.

Dell|Microsoft Management and Virtualization Solutions Partnership

Today Dell and Microsoft announced a three-year strategic initiative to help their customers quickly deploy and manage virtualization and private cloud technologies. Management solutions will be based on Dell?s Virtual Integrated System, Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager and Microsoft System Center and will deliver improved integration across the physical, virtual and application layers. Virtualization solutions will be based on Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V. Future jointly-engineered solutions based on Dell's hardware and virtualization management technologies and Microsoft?s hypervisor and systems management technologies will simplify virtualization management, reduce costs and remove barriers to cloud adoption.

Dell's new Email and File Archive solution helps its customers manage the information that is the lifeblood to their organizations. Dell?s end-to-end solution capabilities can help customers address storage optimization and compliance requirements, while alleviating burdens related to design, implementation, and ongoing management through:

- Pre-configured reference architectures that ease solution design, while allowing for needed customization based on customer specific requirements.
- All ongoing maintenance and support from a single point of contact, including hardware and software (ISVs included).
- Storage platforms that support massive scalability and ease of use, to protect customer investments and enable them to keep up with rapid data growth.

Dell's approach maintains customer choice with backup and archiving software providers (Symantec or CommVault), preferred consumption model (cloud or on-premise) and services needed.

End-User Solutions

Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DDVS) is a solution portfolio that leverages pre-packaged services with configured and tested hardware and software to help organizations more quickly deploy desktop virtualization. DDVS addresses the design and implementation complexities associated with desktop virtualization and accelerates it so organizations can adapt to the changing dynamics of today?s more mobile and global workforce.

The Dell vStart solution is available now in the US, with expected availability in EMEA in Q2. Initial EMEA availability will be in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain.

The Dell and Microsoft virtualization is currently available worldwide.

The Dell Email and File Archiving is available now in the US, with expected availability in UK, France, Germany, Netherlands in Q2.

Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions is available now in the U.S. with expected availability in other countries later this year.
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