No. 7: Dell
Hoping to be the backbone provider of the data center, Dell has expanded from client devices to a broad portfolio of storage, security, networking and hardware through acquisitions including Compellent, Equalogic, Force 10, Secure Works, Boomi, InsiteOne, among others. To get VARs up to speed on all the new and integrated technologies, the company has invested up to $1B in demo centers and embarked on an aggressive growth strategy, almost doubling the number of Dell certified partners. They, too, have a cloud play, recently rolling out Dell Cloud Business Applications a family of integrated SaaS applications with cross-application cloud analytics.