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Dell Enters Public Cloud Storage, Channel's Role Unclear

Dell quietly launched a public cloud storage service in partnership with Nirvanix and, while Dell says it is working on a channel program around the offering, it's not clear when it will launch.

Dell posted information on its website about the new offering, which has been given the catchy name Dell Cloud Storage with Nirvanix -- Public Service (kind of rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it?).

Dave Hiechel, president and CEO of Eagle Software, a Salina, Kan.-based Dell storage partner, found it odd that Dell, with its deep roster of storage products, would need a partner to deliver such a service. "It's pretty funny to see a storage vendor partner with someone else on a storage cloud," he told CRN.


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