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June 8, 2006

Dell servers aren’t all Wintel anymore

Posted by David Hunter at 1:29 PM ET.

Colin Barker at ZDNet UK

Long hailed as the provider of choice for companies looking for PC solutions based on Intel hardware and Microsoft software, Dell says that Linux now makes up 25 percent of its enterprise market.

The company also claims to have made inroads in the Linux services market and to have reached a comfort level with Linux systems where it can now solve over 90 percent of Red Hat Linux service calls without need to involve Red Hat.

The figures were revealed by Dell’s worldwide marketing director for PowerEdge servers, Jay Parker, at a conference in Monte Carlo on Tuesday.

“As part of Dell Service we have managed over 500 Unix to Linux migrations,” Parker told ZDNet UK. “We see that growing, not shrinking, over time.”

Linux is now “over a quarter of what we sell”, said Parker.

Virtually all of the business has come from customer migrations from proprietary Unix environments, from companies such as IBM and Sun.

Not all Windows and, of course, not all Intel either.

Filed under Coopetition, Dell, Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Open Source, Red Hat

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One Response to “Dell servers aren’t all Wintel anymore”

  1. Dude, you’re getting a penguin! -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Many of you posted comments to our Direct2Dell blog, indicating that you were less concerned about a specific distribution than you are about support at the kernel level and open driver support. We are working on this too, and you can read more about our efforts in today‚Äôs Direct2Dell post. You may recall that Dell rather tentatively offered kludgey “open source” PCs back in 2005, but this seems like it will be the real deal with full support. It’s not like they don’t have experience – back in June of last year, Dell claimed that 25% of its servers ran Linux. Filed under Coopetition, Open Source, Linux, Dell, Microsoft [...]

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