Dell Australia confirms data and solution centre plans

Part of $US1 billion expansion plans

Global hardware vendor Dell has confirmed reports revealed in March that it is building a data centre and solutions centre in Australia.

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Company chief executive, Michael Dell, spoke about the plans during a flying visit to the country. At the time, he said that while some of its local partners, such as Tier 5, were looking after customer data centre needs, market demand dictated that the company build one.

In a statement, a Dell Australia spokesman confirmed that a data centre would be built in country while a solutions centre was planned for Sydney.

"I can’t confirm the location for the data centre or the timing for either the data centre or solutions centre just now, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted," said the spokesman.

Dell plans to invest $US1 billion over the next three years to bolster its data storage products to business customers, with the money going toward the research of technology such as cloud computing and virtualization, along with the development on new data centres.

Dell has been working to expand from its PC and server business into the higher-end data storage market.

Last year, it made acquisitions of vendors including Compellent and Ocarina Networks. The company even went into a bidding war with rival Hewlett Packard for another storage vendor 3Par, which Dell later lost.

With reporting from Michael Kan

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