Dell Aims New Systems, Services at Corporate Users

Dell Computer Corp. today announced a series of new servers and customer service offerings in a bid to broaden its appeal as an enterprise-level vendor for corporate users.

Dell said it's aiming to beef up its ability to run internal and external Web sites as well as high-end database applications and other corporate processing jobs. Included among the moves detailed today is the planned addition of a 32-processor server made by Unisys Corp. that will be marketed for use in applications "that require significant computing horsepower," said Michael Lambert, senior vice president of Dell's enterprise systems group.

Dell becomes the fourth server vendor to sign on to resell Unisys' ES7000 machine, which currently is the only system that can take full advantage of the 32-processor scalability built into Microsoft Corp.'s new high-end Windows 2000 Datacenter operating system. Hewlett-Packard Co., Compaq Computer Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd.'s U.K.-based ICL subsidiary previously announced plans to offer the ES7000.

Dell, which will market the ES7000 under PowerEdge brand name, said it plans to make the 32-processor system available in the first quarter of next year. Pricing on the machine wasn't disclosed.

In addition, Round Rock, Texas-based Dell announced two new rack-mounted servers targeted at uses involving Internet and intranet applications. The PowerEdge 1550 is due to ship in January at a starting price of US$2,599, while the PowerEdge 350 is slated to be available in February with a base price of $1,499.

Dell also detailed plans to expand its portfolio of consulting and support services aimed at corporate users. The new offerings include infrastructure assessment and implementation services for companies installing e-commerce applications based on Windows 2000 and a packaged e-commerce design and deployment setup for users looking to do a rapid deployment.

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