Is Dell's Head In the Clouds?
Dell announced a suite of cloud professional services to help customers assess, deploy, design and manage dedicated solutions. Dell, which acquired solution provider Perot Systems (2009 VAR500 rank: 51) last fall, plans to launch the deployment at Dell data center. (Dell's services division ranked 24 on the 2009 VAR500.) The target customers are midsize to large customers, accommodating clients with up to 5,000 employees. The Integrated Solution Services will not only deliver cloud lifecycle management, but will also include cloud readiness assessment services, and cloud design, deployment, management and maintenance services. Barton George, Dell's Cloud Computing evangelist blogged about the two ways of getting to the private cloud: Evolutionary and Revolutionary (George's graph is pictured left).
However, some are wondering where this will leave Dell's hardware business, which is under fierce attack by competitors such as Acer.