Dell Turns 30, Looks to Data Center for Long-Term Future
After three decades in business, Dell sees the future as the data center—not of server, storage or networking silos.On May 3, the business now called Dell Inc. celebrated three decades of providing, selling and maintaining personal and enterprise computing devices to its customers. Those devices now take numerous forms of hardware IT, including desktop and laptop PCs, servers, tablets, gaming devices, storage controllers/arrays, and networking equipment. Dell is listed at No. 51 on the Fortune 500 list. In 2013, it was the third-largest PC vendor in the world after Lenovo and HP. Dell is currently the No. 1 shipper of PC monitors in the world. The company is highly regarded for its innovations in IT supply-chain management and e-commerce, particularly its direct sales model and its "build-to-order" or "configure-to-order" approach to manufacturing—delivering individual PCs configured to customer specifications. Hardware-only for many of its years
Dell was a pure hardware vendor for much of its existence, but a few years ago, with the acquisition of Perot Systems, Dell entered the market for IT services. The company has since made additional acquisitions in storage (EqualLogic, Compellent) and networking systems, with the aim of expanding its portfolio from offering PCs only to delivering complete solutions for enterprise customers.
8088 processor running at 8MHz, a 10MB hard drive and a 5.25-inch floppy drive. --In 1989, Dell launched its first laptop, and by 1997, the company had shipped its 10 millionth computer. Currently, Dell has a portfolio of mobile products ranging from laptops, desktops, gaming devices and tablets. --In 1987, Dell opened its first international subsidiary in the United Kingdom. Today, the
company operates globally and has six major manufacturing facilities in South America,
Europe and Asia. --In 1994, Dell entered the enterprise market with the introduction of the Dell Power Edge
server line. Today, Dell has grown to be an end-to-end solutions provider with a portfolio
of software, servers, storage, networking and management. --The company that started in Michael Dell’s dorm room had topped the list of "America’s
Most Admired Companies" in Fortune Magazine by 2005. Today, the company employs about 103,300 people in dozens of offices around the world. --In 2013, Dell fought off several corporate takeover attempts, returned to its entrepreneurial roots and returned to be a private company under the leadership of Michael Dell.