Broadening Customer Choice at Dell

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Over the past year we have demonstrated our commitment to delivering more customer choice and listening to customers: 

  • We've added Ubuntu to consumer systems
  • We'llsoon offer SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on commercial OptiPlex systems in China
  • We'veworked with Red Hat to simplify the migration from legacy applications to open source solutions
  • We were the first systems provider to partner with Novell and Microsoft to deliver benefits of increased interoperability and IP assurance to our SUSE Linux Enterprise Server customers
  • Dell and Citrix are partnering to deliverXensource's virtualization technologyacross Dell's PowerEdge server line in the coming year.
  • We announced that we will embed VMware's ESX Server 3i hypervisor on PowerEdge servers

Those are just a few examples. Our strategy is evolving and we still have a few more updates to share before the year runs out.

With that in mind, here is the latest: Dell and Sun have entered into an agreement that will allow us to make the Solaris operating system (OS) and related support services available directly to customers on select Dell PowerEdge servers. Together Dell and Sun will work to certify hardware and develop offerings.

If you look at the overall Unix server market, 30 percent of all servers with a Unix OS are standards-based, x86 systems.  Our commitment today will further our momentum and better enable us to address IT Simplification for customers by matching business ready solutions to their environments.

I look forward to sharing more details on our support for Solaris in the coming quarter.

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