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Dell and EMC customers happy about prospect of Dell/EMC merger

Dell and EMC customers like the idea of a Dell/EMC merger and largely plan to spend more with the combined companies, according to analyst outfit the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). The firm surveyed “202 senior IT decision makers at organizations that currently purchase from Dell and/or EMC Federation companies”. Of that …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2015

Microsoft rides to Dell's rescue, wrecks rogue root certificate

Microsoft has killed Dell's user-pwning root certificate and its self-reinstalling .dll with its antivirus Defender tool. The certificate is a big blunder because it opens a universal means for attackers on public networks to hose new Dell laptops. That's because bright minds planted a self-signed root CA certificate and …
Darren Pauli, 26 Nov 2015
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EMC customers show distinct lack of Dell delight – research

EMC customers are far from delighted regarding the proposed Dell takeover, according to the 451 research house. Its research report found 43 per cent of EMC-only customers typically see Dell as a PC supplier, and 42 per cent thought it was out of tune with their enterprise IT concerns. Amongst the EMC-only customers, some 13 …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2015
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Dell seeking $40 BEEELLION to buy EMC NEXT WEEK say reports

EMC/Dell deal Dell is figuring out how to borrow the US$40 billion it would need to acquire EMC, according to reports quoting the usual folks familiar with the deal. CNBC says Dell is prepared to offer $27 a share to buy EMC. It'll need to because EMC shares closed today at $27.18, up $1.22. Bloomberg's take on the deal also uses the $40 …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2015
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EMC+Dell: Firm made a $2bn bed-hopping proposal

EMC-Dell deal Not content with its $67bn (£44bn) offer from Dell, EMC has said it will pay the firm a $2bn (£1.5bn) "break fee" if it receives a "superior offer" before the deal is officially "consummated." On Tuesday the company said, in a statement uploaded to the Securities and Exchange Commission's website, that its agreement to be …
Kat Hall, 13 Oct 2015

Dell director Poskett leaves Dell for new role at … Dell

Less than two months after rocking up as Dell UK’s public sector enterprise solutions director , Dave Poskett is set to perch his backside on a new hot seat at, erm, the Texan tech baron. The industry vet is set to run the enterprise solution channels for the privately held organisation, reporting to Peter Barnes, chieftain of …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2015

Tax bill could kibosh Dell-EMC deal

Dell could be landed with a $9bn tax bill for buying EMC - a deal-breaker. That’s what Dell insiders are telling the Silicon Valley publication Re/Code. At the heart of their concern is how the Internal Revenue Service will treat the tracking stock in VMware, an EMC subsidiary, that Dell plans to issue to help fund the …
Drew Cullen, 11 Nov 2015
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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty also cool on EMC/Dell

EMC/Dell deal IBM's CEO Ginni Rometty has offered a guarded-but-mostly-negative opinion on Dell's acquisition of EMC. Speaking at the Fortune Most Powerful Women event, Rometty said she's noted the deal but that IBM sets its strategy according to what IBM thinks is right, and not in response to competitors' activity. IBM won't be changing …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2015

Dell PCs to be never knowingly undersold by John Lewis this Chrimbo

Dell is to go head-to-head with Apple, HP and Lenovo for the affections of computer-seeking shoppers this Christmas - the XPS range will be never knowingly undersold to the middle classes by John Lewis. Sarah Shields, exec director and UK GM for channel and distribution claimed Dell could not afford to ignore the retail …
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2015

What the bleedin' Dell is this? IT giant mulls unit selloffs – report

Reuters reports Dell is thinking of selling off non-core assets to clear the decks before the EMC acquisition and raise $10bn. Four candidate businesses are mentioned: Quest Software IT management with its systems management, security and business intelligence functions SonicWall email encryption and security Rapid …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2015
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Dell computers bundled with backdoor that blurts hardware fingerprint to websites

Analysis Dell ships Windows computers with software that lets websites slurp up the machine's exact specifications, warranty status, and other details without the user knowing. This information can be used to build a fingerprint that potentially identifies a person while she browses across the web. It can be abused by phishers and …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Nov 2015
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Dell-EMC deal difficulties: VMware and daddy postpone roadtrip

The Dell-EMC acquisition was announced on 12 October this year, with Dell buying EMC along with its 80 per cent holding in VMWare. Since the deal was announced, VMWare shares (VMW) have lost considerable value compared to EMC’s shares. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks the EMC share price fall “can be attributed to the …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2015
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VMware sees BILLION-DOLLAR upside in Dell buy

EMC/Dell deal VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger has welcomed Dell's purchase of EMC, saying it should add a billion dollars a year to Virtzilla's bottom line “over the next several years”. Speaking on a conference call staged by EMC, Gelsinger said he “could not be more excited about todays announcement” which he rated “very positive”. Which of …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2015

Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs

Dell has published a guide on how to remove the web security backdoor it installed in its Windows laptops and desktop PCs. This confirms what we all know by now – that Dell was selling computers with a rather embarrassing hole it in their defenses. New models from the XPS, Precision and Inspiron families include a powerful …
Chris Williams, 24 Nov 2015

Dell slips ring on distie Tech Data

Tech Data and its commercial siblings are now fully tooled up with Dell kit and software, and are looking to get handy. The pair kicked off an inaugural distie deal in Britain last month that covered PCs - and a full blown agreement for servers and storage at Tech Data subsidiary Azlan is now also live. The tie-up between the …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2015

Après le Dell-uge, VMware is still partnership material

One of the selling points of the Dell/EMC deal, aka “Le Dell-uge”, was that all the component companies controlled by Dell the man will be able to cross-sell each other's stuff and cash in. That sound? Alarms going off inside all the server and cloud vendors who work with VMware but now fear nourishing a rival. The Reg's …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2015
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Not quite Facebook but need scale? Dell has a DSS server for you

Dell has launched four specialised DSS servers. In August Dell said it had found a new niche between ordinary scale data centres and the hyperscalers like Facebook, eBay, Amazon and their hyper-ilk. This not-quite-hyperscale customer base would be sold to by a new DSS organisation with its own special server-based products. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015
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Superfish 2.0: Dell ships laptops, PCs with huge internet security hole

Dell ships computers with all the tools necessary for crooks to spy on the owners' online banking, shopping, webmail, and more. The US IT titan installs a powerful root CA certificate, including its private key, on its Windows notebooks and desktops. These can be abused by eavesdropping miscreants to silently decrypt encrypted …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Nov 2015

Pure next in line to put boot into Dell

It would seem smaller scale storage outfit Pure is next in line – following IBM's CEO Ginni Rometty and HP's Meg Whitman – to give Dell a kicking over its $67bn (£44bn) EMC deal. In a blog post Scott Dietzen, chief executive of Pure, said the transaction "comes out of weakness, not strength". He said: "Dell has been exposed …
Kat Hall, 14 Oct 2015

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Whitman slams EMC/Dell deal

EMC/Dell deal HP Enterprise's CEO Meg Whitman has slammed Dell's acquisition of EMC. In an email sent to “All Hewlett Packard Enterprise Employees” Whitman says the merger is “a good thing for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and an opportunity for us to seize the moment.” Whitman says HP Enterprise is “two years ahead of the game” and that Dell …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2015
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EMC and Dell considering 'a combination' – report

Update EMC and Dell are considering “a combination”, says The Wall Street Journal. Details of just what's on the table are sketchy. The Journal's referring to the usual folks familiar with the matter. Would some sort of tie-up make sense? Or more sense than the scuppered EMC/HP merger? Dell's storage range isn't as broad or deep as …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Oct 2015

Dell hooking up with EMC and going public again? Come off it

EMC/Dell deal The rumour mill about a Dell-EMC deal is going hyper, with a $51bn takeover by Dell being mentioned. Is Elliott Management holding a gun to EMC's head? EMC is trying to come up with a shareholder value-unlocking deal under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management, which says EMC investors would be better off if …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2015
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EMC-Dell dynamic duo: Mike's my ‘brother from another mother’ – Tucci

EMC/Dell deal Michael Dell has named one Dell exec – Rory Read – and one EMC exec – Howard Elias – to oversee deduplication of the two companies’ product lines. “Rory’s new job is he’s going to lead integration for the Dell side, reporting to me," said Michael Dell, in response to a question from the floor during an all-hands meeting to …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015
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Dell expands open networking program with new switches

Dell has celebrated the first birthday of its open networking program by launching more products. The program is part of Dell's take on software-defined networking with its core idea being that punters might want to buy kit running an operating system other than that devised by its maker. This arrangement differs from white box …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2015
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HP and Dell flogging Surface Pro direct? No issues THERE. NONE AT ALL

HP and Dell – cunningly assisted by Microsoft – have hatched a brilliant plan in which they will compete against their own products, not to mention the channel types who sell them, by flogging Redmond's Surface Pro 3 direct. At the worldwide partner knees up in June, Microsoft confirmed it was opening the gates to allow …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2015
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Dell cooks up cloud recipes with Microsoft, VMware and OpenStack

Dell is doubling down on its policy of selling infrastructure, after retreating from its public cloud service provider plan. The firm, which has carved out a big niche in web-scale server centres, will release plans in the next six months to guide others building their own clouds. Blueprints will be for Microsoft’s Cloud …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2015
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Dell (Michael, that is): EMC's DSSD a 'game changer'

Walking around Dell World 15 with former Dell hyperconvergence guru Jimmy Pike was a bit like being with a rock star. As we strolled the corridors Pike, now a consultant and commentator at tech analyst firm Moor Insights & Strategy, fell into old colleagues who greeted him like a long lost friend. Even founder and chief …
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IDC says server-based storage sales are soaring – and Dell's pwning the market

IDC’s latest quarterly storage tracker shows EMC clawing back some lost ground, HP growing, IBM overtaking NetApp – and Dell selling the most storage capacity of all. IDC_storage_tracker_Q2_2015 IDC Storage Tracker, Q2, 2015 The research house tracks vendor and original design manufacturer (ODM) storage market shares based …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2015
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Dell's VMware-as-cell sell isn't going swell

VMware yesterday posted a pretty set of numbers. And today its share price fell by twenty per cent, from Tuesday's US$68.97 to a Wednesday close of $55.38 after grazing $52.91. The reason for the dip is widely held to be remarks during its earnings call about the secular move to cloud representing a wave that even VMware will …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2015
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Dell CEO: Very few will survive the PC bloodbath

Texan Mick, founder and CEO at Dell – the PC company which took his surname – reckons in five to seven years it will be game over for most of the stragglers currently selling computers. The three biggest shifters of such tin – Lenovo, HP and Dell – already account for more than 50 per cent of shipments globally, but that will …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2015

Dell buys out EMC in mega-super-duper $67 BEEELLLION deal

EMC/Dell deal Dell has confirmed it is buying storage giant and virtualisation player EMC in a deal valued at $67bn, as we reported earlier today. Privately-owned Dell is scooping up the publicly listed EMC in the industry’s biggest ever tech buyout. The buyout breaks the record established by the $25bn Hewlett-Packard-Compaq deal in 2001 …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Oct 2015
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Judge says some top Dell shareholders are plum out of luck in share buyout beef

Dell has successfully whittled away at a lawsuit brought against it by major shareholders who think Michael Dell's 2013 buyout of the firm came with too small a price tag. In a Monday ruling, the Delaware Chancery Court found that five large institutional investors were ineligible to participate in the suit because the way in …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jul 2015

EMC chief Joe Tucci to score monster pay-day in Dell deal – analysts

EMC-Dell deal The Dell-EMC buy may not be the best possible outcome for EMC’s Federation, but the bitterness will be sweetened for EMC head honcho Joe Tucci by a possible near-$30m payout when he leaves next year. Analysis of a 30 April, 2015, EMC proxy statement (PDF) for the EMC AGM, by an exec pay research firm called Equilar, found that …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2015

Dell-EMC merger could leave Lenovo out in the cold – analysts

+Comment Head PC seller and x86 server shifter Lenovo has a storage reselling deal with EMC which could well be toast with Dell’s takeover of EMC, according to analysts. Lenovo’s storage product lines include: PX2-300D and PX4-400D NVR video surveillance arrays, basically RAID-protected filers with Atom-powered processors and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015

We SC what you did there, Mikey: Dell emits top-end array, hyper-converged boxes

Dell has launched a flagship SC9000 Compellent array plus a more powerful XC hyper-converged system. It comes just days after Michael Dell launched a bid to buy EMC, which involves overlapping VNX array and ScaleIO hyper-converged products. The SC9000 is the fourth product in the dual-controller, Fiber Channel-accessed SC …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015

Dell enterprise tech leader parachutes to Nexenta

Dell's chief technology evengelist for the enterprise appears to have left the company and re-surfaced as software-defined-storage outfit Nexenta's chief technology officer. Sam Greenblatt's the chap in question, a former CA and HP exec who jumped to Dell in 2012. At the time of writing, Dell lauded him in this profile …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2015
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When Michael Dell met Chris Mellor

Profile This is the way of it: you're sitting there, at a table in a general meeting room at the Dell World event in Austin, talking to a distant colleague about what happened to Don, did I know Liem had moved to such and such an office, when an ordinary-looking guy comes over and sits down at the same table, saying: "How's it going …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2015

All Dell breaks loose in latest Gartner disk array magic quadrant

Dell has become a top-four player in disk arrays, as IBM and NetApp are left behind in Gartner's 2015 Magic Quadrant for general purpose disk arrays. Two_MQs Gartner Magic Quadrants for general purpose disk arrays – 2014 (left) and 2015 (right) ... Click to enlarge Nimble Storage enters the leaders' quadrant for the first …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2015

Dell denies 'insecure autoupdate app' flings open PC backdoor

Dell has denied building backdoors into its kit following a security researcher's discovery of an insecure update assistant app. Tom Forbes alleges that the Dell Service Tag Detector app* is so insecure that it creates a backdoor on machines it is installed upon. More specifically, Forbes alleges that the app caries a Remote …
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2015
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Nutanix CEO nixes Cisco buy rumours, swears allegiance to Michael Dell

Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey has nixed rumours of Cisco buying his co-founded hyper-converged server/storage/networking startup. The rumours were started by senior research analyst Jared Rinderer of Equity Capital Research Group. Pandey says Rinderer's analysis is off the mark. Pandey, who has consistently said he wants to take …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2015
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Dell-EMC deal could be a game-changer for mobile networks, too

EMC/Dell deal As carriers race towards virtualisation, software-defined networking and increasingly complex back office IT platforms, they will increasingly bump into suppliers from the data centre world. IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and others are already very familiar to them, but now there will be a new powerhouse, if Dell’s record- …
Wireless Watch, 19 Oct 2015

Dell veteran and forrmer channel overlord O'Shea quits

The one-time sales chief of Dell’s Brit and Irish channels who stepped aside in a structural overhaul last summer has quit the organisation, The Channel can reveal. Company veteran Bill O’Shea left the exec sales director and GM for the UK commercial channel role in August last year, and Steve Holmes, who was UK channel director …
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2015

Gartner: Dell nowhere to be seen as storage SSD sales go flat

Well, here's another nail in the coffin for traditional storage arrays; Gartner claims array SSD sales were up just one per cent year-on-year, while server flash sales grew 51 per cent. EMC leads the AFA players, while Cisco and Dell are nowhere. Total enterprise SSD revenue is 2014 was $5.77bn, up 30 per cent year-on-year. …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2015

30 – count 'em – 30 orgs sign up for Cumulus on Dell networking kit

UPDATE January 2014, Dell announced it would make it possible to run Cumulus Networks' operating system on its networking gear. 15 months later, 30 organisations have done so. As in a three followed by a zero. Worldwide. So says John McCloskey, executive director for enterprise solutions at Dell Australia and New Zealand. McCloskey's …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2015

Tech Data jumps into Dell's corporate hot tub

Dell is finally falling for the charms of the largest volume disties after signing up Tech Data in parts of mainland Europe ahead of extending the deal to Blighty from next month, or so say multiple sources. The one-time direct selling purist did the distie dance with Ingram across the region earlier this year, and got jiggy …
Paul Kunert, 10 Dec 2014
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Texas T Rex Dell: Terabytes shipped. Count 'em and weep...

Dell sold more storage capacity than any other supplier in the first half of 2014, says analyst IDC. In IDC's worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker reports Dell is singled out as having sold 4,311,728 terabytes of disk storage, 4.3 exabytes, by the mid-point of 2014 – pretty damned impressive. We're told that Dell …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2014

Dell draws Midokura into Open Networking project

Dell has expanded its Open Networking initiative with the addition of network virtualisation (NV) specialist Midokura. Under the partnership, Midokura's MidoNet software will become part of Dell's Open Networking reference architecture, and the two vendors will cooperate on marketing under a global reseller agreement. Vijay …

'The Internet of Things is like the Cloud 8 years ago' ... Boss of Dell's new IoT biz spills beans

Dell has created a new "Internet of Things" division, and launched its first product: a $500 gateway designed for industry. "The Internet of Things is like the Cloud was eight years ago," the division's executive director Andy Rhodes told El Reg. What, overhyped? Ambiguous? An obscene cash bandwagon? "There is a lot of buzz," he …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 May 2015

One-time direct sales giant Dell weds world's largest tech distie... in the UK

Privately owned Dell has finally tipped its cap in the direction of broadline distribution by hauling in Ingram Micro to carry its entire line card across Blighty. It is six-and-a-half years since Michael Dell reclaimed the CEO’s office and decided he actually needed the "middlemen", those he’d dismissed for decades, to help …
Paul Kunert, 22 Sep 2014
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Dell mashes up EqualLogic and Compellent: Eat up kids, it's Dell Storage

Comment With the worldwide availability of the SC4020 branded as Dell Storage, the company signals the coming together of its separate EqualLogic and Compellent networked storage array lines into a single brand and product technology. Simultaneously, Dell is OEM'ing to technologies for server-attached storage. We understand that other …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2014


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