Weekly Recap: Dell in the News – February 10th edition

Welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Recap, your guide to the week's Dell-related news and happenings. 

Story of the Week

Dell Puts Crosshairs on World of Storage Wired – February 9, 2012
At Dell’s offices in New Hampshire, there’s a Facebook-esque graffiti wall employees are encouraged to drawn on, and someone has sketched rifle crosshairs over the name NetApp. Dell has a lofty goal in mind: to become the world’s number three storage vendor, and the first step is to surpass the number five player — the Sunnyvale, California-based NetApp.

Other Dell News

Living with an Ultrabook – life on the lighter side TG Daily – February 8, 2012
The Ultrabook can basically be described as a Mac Book Air for the non-Apple user. However, the form factor does take a bit of getting used to. However, given that the Ultrabook is being pushed hard by both Microsoft and Intel, I figured I’d give three different models a test drive and see what happens.

Tablet penetration booms in emerging markets EE Times India – February 7, 2012
NPD DisplaySearch finds that opportunities from emerging markets and the advancement of tablet features will drive tablet shipments to grow from 7.27 crore units last year to 38.33 crore units by 2017

Looking for a Cancer Cure in the Cloud Forbes – February 6, 2012
In a recent column in The Wall Street Journal, a doctor went so far as to say that he could see the end of illness in the not-too-distant-future. Imagine having cures for a devastating illness like cancer. We’re not there yet, but we’re getting closer. As technology and healthcare evolve, the challenge is in storing and processing vast amounts of medical data. And that’s where cloud computing comes in.

Taking the Complexity Out of Managing Data Storage IT Business Edge – February 6, 2012
A lot of midmarket IT organizations these days are drowning in a sea of data. It used to be that only large companies with dedicated storage administrators struggled with storing large amounts of data. But today there is no correlation between the amount of data that needs to be managed and the relative size of the organization.

Dell Takes On Parallel Importers CRN – February 6, 2012
Dell is taking the legal route to counter parallel imports. The Indian arm of the IT giant has been plagued over the past years with large quantum of laptops, desktops, and even servers being imported through parallel channels.

Systems Management, Cloud Services Likely in Dell's Software Acquisition Plans  IDG News – February 3, 2012
Dell's formation of a new software group, which was announced Thursday, could be the forerunner to a string of acquisitions by the vendor, with some observers predicting a focus on systems management and cloud services provisioning.

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Industry Quotes & Insight

“With those engineering placards — as well as those carefully placed crosshairs — the office is a symbol of the new Dell. The company now offers everything from PCs to servers and storage to big tech consulting services, and thanks all those acquisitions, it plans on doing more and more of its own research and development. But the office is also representative of a much larger shift across the world of big tech.” Eric Smalley, WIRED

“Dell is gaining traction in the storage space, says George, because the combination of those technologies allows Dell to offer file, block and object storage products that will increasingly be integrated under a common management system that automatically decides what tier of storage a particular piece of data should be stored on based on the policies set by the IT organization and the usage patterns of that data.” Michael Vizard, IT Business Edge

“P. Umamahesh, Managing Director, Informatics Technologies (ITPL), believed that HP had limited scope of support whereas Dell has onsite support facilities across the globe irrespective of the location and distance. “So we knew that it was only Dell only who could do justice to this project. We were ready to break ties with HP. Today, we are not working with HP at all and are doing all major projects with Dell.” Umamahesh adds.” Kartik Sharma, Channel World

 “Dell wants to create a systems management portfolio "where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts," Enderle said.” Chris Kanaracus, IDG News

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