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Dell Confirms $24 Billion Buyout Led by Silver Lake

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PC and server vendor Dell Inc. has agreed to be taken private in a $24.4 billion leveraged buyout led by Silver Lake Partners and Michael Dell, the tech industry legend who founded the company in his dorm room and built it into a juggernaut. The long-rumored deal comes at a crucial point in the life of the company, which is facing challenges to its core markets for PCs and volume servers, and is seeking to build its own suite of cloud computing services. Read More

Video: Servers Stacked Like Books on a Shelf

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We saw several different approaches to server chassis design at last week’s Open Compute Summit. An example can be seen in Dell’s third generation Open Compute gear, the C8000 chassis. In this video, Dell’s Rafael Zamora provides an overview of this chassis design. Read More

Does the Supply Chain Figure Into Microsoft-Dell Chatter?

Amid reports that Microsoft may participate with private equity firms in a leveraged buyout of Dell, it’s worth noting that Dell has historically played a meaningful role in the supply chain for Microsoft’s cloud computing infrastructure, supplying many of the servers that fill the company’s global network of data centers. Read More

An OpenStack Cloud in the Parking Lot

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At Dell headquarters in Round Rock, Texas, the company has used space in one of its parking lots of house a Dell Modular Data Center (MDC), which will house Dell’s OpenStack-powered cloud computing platform. Read More

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