Dell Eyes Acquisitions in Services, Data Center and Storage

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2009-03-30 Print this article Print

Dell is facing threats on all fronts - PCs, storage, servers and services. Yet, CEO Michael Dell isn't conceding defeat and says the vendor will use its cash reserves to make strategic acquisitions in storage, servers and services.

Dell won't sit on the sidelines as Cisco Systems gears up its blade server strategy and IBM pursues Sun Microsystems for its data center assets. At a press conference in Beijing, CEO Michael Dell says the company that bears his name is actively eying acquisitions to give it greater enterprise capabilities in servers, storage, software, data center infrastructure and IT services. "If you look in the last few years at the acquisitions we have made, it really has been focused in those areas," Dell said at the press conference.
Dell didn't elaborate on specific acquisition targets or timing.
Dell's comments come amid intense speculation about the mergers and acquisitions among IT industry giants. IBM, the leader in the server market and IT services, is said to be deep in discussions to buy struggling Sun Microsystems for as much as $8 billion. Click here to read the full story
Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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