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Dell mantra: one cloud, not even Amazon’s, doesn’t fit all

on September 16, 2013

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Last week, after Michael Dell won his bid to take his company private, he talked about being an arms dealer to cloud providers.

Nnamdi Orakwue, VP of Dell Cloud

Nnamdi Orakwue, VP of Dell Sofware

Asked on CNBC how Dell can compete with public cloud kingpin Amazon Web Services(s amzn), Michael Dell turned the question around:

“… Amazon’s been a great customer and we’ve provided them a lot of equipment for their cloud, as well as many other public clouds. You know, there are thousands — tens of thousands of cloud service providers. And Dell’s been fortunate enough to provide the infrastructure for a significant, you know — number of those customers.”

Yes, Dell, like rival Hewlett-Packard(s hpq) and other hardware players, wants to provide the horsepower to run massive clouds, but it also wants to offer private and public cloud services that run atop all that hardware — and that, yes, will compete with…

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