During his keynote presentation for solution providers and customers, Dell said he loves storage and the channel, and thanked everyone for their support as the company transforms itself into one of the industry's top storage vendors.
"I think we are the fastest-growing channel force in the world," Dell said. "I think a quarter of our business comes from the channel."
Dell even went so far as to say that his company actually started out as a storage company. In his dorm room at the University of Texas, Dell started his business making disk subsystems for IBM computers. "This was a booming business, particularly if you are a 19-year-old just starting out," he said.