Dell 4Q net income more than doubles

Dell 4Q net income more than doubles, shares soar

Personal computer maker Dell Inc. said Tuesday its net income more than doubled in the most recent quarter to handily beat expectations, as businesses spent more on computers, servers and other technology. Dell also issued annual revenue guidance for the current fiscal year that beat Wall Street’s forecast. The results sent Dell’s shares soaring in extended trading after the report was released.

Companies that clamped down on spending during the economic downturn continued to upgrade technology in the quarter. Dell’s business is more heavily weighted toward corporate customers than its competitors, so this resurgence in spending is giving it a relatively big boost. Those increases helped Dell offset sluggish consumer spending on computers. Dell Chief Financial Officer Brian Gladden said he expects the consumer PC business will remain weak this fiscal year, in part because people are thinking about buying tablets such as Apple Inc.’s iPad.

Dell’s results bring an extra month’s perspective to an earlier report from technology bellwether Intel Corp. The strong corporate spending and the weakening of the consumer PC market that Intel, the world’s largest maker of PC processors, observed in the last three months of 2010 continued through January.

For the quarter that ended Jan. 28, net income soared to $927 million, or 48 cents per share, from $334 million, or 17 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding certain items, Dell earned 53 cents per share, blowing past Wall Street’s expectations. Analysts surveyed by FactSet forecast earnings of 36 cents per share.

Revenue rose 5 percent to $15.69 billion from $14.9 billion in the year-ago quarter. That’s less than the $15.75 billion analysts predicted. Revenue from large enterprises and from small and medium-size businesses rose 12 percent each to $4.7 billion and $3.7 billion, respectively. Public-sector revenue increased 4 percent to $4 billion. Revenue from the consumer segment fell 8 percent to $3.3 billion. A year ago, Microsoft Corp.’s updated PC operating system, Windows 7, went on sale, luring more shoppers and making for a tough comparison this year.

Dell has been working to increase the proportion of server computers, data storage devices and technology consulting services it sells, because those areas are more profitable than the basic PC business. Compared with a year ago, however, each of Dell’s product categories accounted for about the same amount of revenue in the quarter. Computers, both for consumers and for business employees, continued to make up more than half of Dell’s revenue.

Dell’s gross margin, an important measure of how efficient the business is, clocked in at 21 percent, better than the 18.6 percent analysts were expecting. Gladden said lower costs for components helped contribute to the stronger gross margin, as did improvements in how the company sources parts and manufactures computers.

“I think they did a good job,” said Brian Marshall, an analyst for Gleacher & Co., in an interview. “My only issue is the sustainability of that improvement.” Marshall said Dell’s guidance indicates margins will decline this year. Component prices are bound to rise, and Dell remains heavily dependent on selling hardware — PCs and server computers. The company is doing the right thing by making acquisitions in technology consulting and data storage that bring faster growth and better margins, the analyst said.

“The issue is: Dell is yesterday’s company. And they’re $60 billion in revenue. To turn a $60 billion ship, you can’t do that overnight,” Marshall said. For the full year, Dell said net income increased 84 percent to $2.64 billion, or $1.35 per share, from $1.43 billion, or 73 cents per share in the prior year.Revenue rose 16 percent to $61.49 million from $52.9 million.

For the current quarter, Dell said it expects revenue to decline slightly from the fourth-quarter level. Analysts are looking for revenue of $15.5 billion in revenue. For the fiscal year, Dell said it expects revenue to grow 5 percent to 9 percent, or about $64.6 billion to $67.0 billion. Analysts are forecasting annual revenue of $64.2 billion. Shares jumped 80 cents, or 5.8 percent, to $14.71 in aftermarket trading after the earnings were released. In the regular session, the stock lost 18 cents to $13.91.

Source: Yahoo News

Dell Delivers Smallest 12.1-inch Rugged Convertible Tablet PC, First With Multi-Touch

Dell Delivers Smallest 12.1-inch Rugged Convertible Tablet PC, First With Multi-Touch  (Source: Dell)

Dell unveiled the industry’s smallest 12.1-inch rugged convertible tablet PC that is the first with a multi-touch display, the Latitude XT2 XFR. The system is designed to meet the unique and demanding needs of customers in the military, police, border patrol, field service organizations, factory fulfillment and first responders.

Latitude XT2 XFR Notebook Environment - Rocks and Water

The Latitude XT2 XFR adds to Dell’s Rugged Mobility Solution offering that includes the fully rugged Latitude E6400 XFR and the semi-rugged Latitude E6400 ATG laptops. It also joins purpose-engineered products like the Latitude Z, Latitude 2100 netbook for education and Dell Precision™ M6400 mobile workstation as another step in Dell’s strategy to develop differentiated form factors and solutions that meet specific customer usage needs.

Inspired by discussions with the defense, law enforcement, homeland security communities, field service departments and utility companies, Dell developed a convertible tablet that can adapt to changing mission requirements and withstand harsh environments. Features of the Latitude XT2 XFR include:

At 1.5 inches (38.1 millimeters) it is the thinnest 12.1-inch rugged convertible tablet and starts at 5.4 pounds (2.45 kilograms) with four -cell battery and solid state drive[i], it is engineered and independently tested to meet MIL-810G standards for operation in harsh environments.
Compression-sealed and rugged I/O doors, LCD, and keyboard, provide an IP54 level of Ingress Protection, or resistance to moisture and dust

The Latitude XT2 XFR can be installed in police or first-responder vehicles where critical information can be accessed with one hand. The Latitude XT2 XFR is also ideal for field-service and industrial manufacturing workforces who need an easy to carry, rugged system that can stand up to drops, spills and temperature extremes.

The Latitude XT2 XFR is available with Dell’s optional remote management capabilities and next business day service and support.

The rugged tablet shares common images and components with the Dell Latitude XT2 tablet for easy integration into existing environments. The Latitude XT2 XFR also includes:
Intel Core 2 Duo processors with up to 5GB[iii] of DDR3 1066 MHz memory.

QuadCool Thermal Management System enables excellent performance, even in extreme temperatures from minus 10 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit .
Four -, six – and nine-cell battery options.
Standard data security features that include Dell ControlVault and Dell ControlPoint, as well as optional solid state and spinning disk drives with full disk encryption.
Impact resistant, sunlight viewable, 12.1-inch wide LED display with capacitive multi-touch gestures-enabled or optional resistive touch screen.
Optional hot-swappable modules including GPS (in the coming weeks) and webcam.
Optional expansion sliver provides camera/light, serial, and RJ11 inputs.
An extensive range of optional accessories and services that include mobile rugged docking and mounting solutions in the coming weeks .
A full complement of wireless connectivity options including wireless LAN 802.11 a/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and mobile broadband.
The XT2 XFR will be available in the U.S., Canada, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, online and via Dell’s PartnerDirect program. It starts at $3,599 and more information is available here.

Quotes:

“The Latitude XT2 XFR is more than a laptop, it’s a key part of our mobile command and data-center solutions for field service, defense and first-responder customers,” said Paul Bell, president, Dell Global Public-Sector Business. “These unique solutions, coupled with our service model, make those communities more effective, enabling them to focus on their core missions instead of managing technology.”

“We are listening and delivering purpose-engineered products based on unique usage models within customers’ environment,” said Steve Lalla, vice president and general manager, Business Client Product Group, Dell, Inc. “The Latitude XT2 XFR is a perfect example where feedback told us that customers needed the innovative functionality of the Latitude XT2 with the ability to perform in rugged environments.”

Dell and Juniper Collaborate For Next-Generation Networking

Dell and Juniper Collaborate For Next-Generation NetworkingPrint

TexasDell and Juniper Networks, Inc announced an agreement to offer networking solutions under Dell’s PowerConnect brand that enable customers to deploy a common network management platform and network operating system to help reduce operating expenses. In addition, the companies plan to work together on open, standards-based solutions for virtualized data centers and deliver technology solutions using Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), also known as Data Center Bridging (DCB) and iSCSI to improve network economics.

As the notion of traditional, physical data center boundaries extend to virtual environments, customers must adapt to a variety of technological challenges including virtualization, security, bandwidth utilization and network management. By signing this original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement, Dell and Juniper intend to deliver a secure network infrastructure – from a customer’s traditional data center out to its branch offices, remote workers, customers and business partners – that can dynamically adjust to meet these challenges and provide orchestrated management of users, workloads and data – avoiding single-vendor lock-in.

Dell also plans to market, service and support Juniper’s high-performance networking solutions to its large enterprise, small and medium business customers and public organizations. The products Dell will deliver under its PowerConnect brand include the Juniper Networks MX Series services routers, EX Series Ethernet switches and SRX Series services gateways, all running JUNOS® Software. Dell expects to make these products available to customers via its direct and PartnerDirect channels.

“Networking is an important piece in providing customers with choices for how they optimize their data center operations to improve efficiency,” said Brad Anderson, senior vice president, Enterprise Product Group, Dell. “This agreement will help address many of our customer’s biggest challenges including a dramatic rise in security concerns, an increasingly dispersed workforce and challenges brought on with the advent of the virtualized data center.”

“Juniper and Dell are a formidable team, and together we can deliver significant value for enterprise customers around the world. This OEM agreement is another great step in our sustained and successful push into the enterprise market,” said Gerri Elliott, executive vice president, Strategic Alliances, Juniper Networks. “We have the only infrastructure that includes integrated security, routing and switching running on a single operating system. And that uniform approach is a great benefit to IT organizations, from the smallest to the largest, as they tackle the challenges of an increasingly decentralized landscape.”

Product Detail

MX Series Routers – MX Series Ethernet Services Routers offer advanced routing capabilities, such as Multiprotocol Label Switching network virtualization, low-latency multicast, advanced quality of service (QoS), and high availability.

EX Series Ethernet Switches – EX Series Ethernet Switches deliver the next-generation of switching technology for today’s – and tomorrow’s – networks. With the EX Series, businesses can deploy a cost-effective family of switches that delivers the high availability (HA), integrated security and operational excellence needed today, while providing a platform for supporting future requirements.

SRX Series Services Gateways – For organizations supporting extranets, SRX Series Services Gateways can help lower the cost of delivering new capabilities while reducing risk, and satisfying end users. These services gateways integrate leading security, connectivity, and application delivery capabilities into a single platform for a safe, affordable, and consistent high-performance communications foundation.

JUNOS Software – A core foundation of Juniper products since 1997, JUNOS Software delivers a reliable, high-performance platform to help automate network operations including routing, switching and security – with programming interfaces and a software developer kit to help unlock more value from the network.

For a vlog with additional information on Dell and Juniper Networks, please click here.

About Dell

Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) is a leading technology provider to commercial and public enterprises around the world.

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks, Inc. is the leader in high-performance networking. Juniper offers a high-performance network infrastructure that creates a responsive and trusted environment for accelerating the deployment of services and applications over a single network. This fuels high-performance businesses. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.

Dell Laptops Knock it Out of the Park with Personalized Major League Baseball Team Designs

Dell Laptops Knock it Out of the Park with Personalized Major League Baseball Team Designs
If laptops could sing, Dell laptops would sing “Take me out to the ballgame!”

As the MLB Postseason gets underway today and the World Series fast approaches, people are pulling out team caps, jackets and jerseys to cheer their teams through the post season. Starting today, fans can now order their Personal Laptops, each emblazoned with their favorite MLB team logo.

From New York to Los Angeles, Minneapolis to Houston, Chicago to Tampa, fans will be delighted with a choice from Dell’s newest collection of customized artwork, arranged through its relationship with Major League Baseball Properties. There are three choices of specially-created designs for each MLB team.

A new partnership between Dell and Major League Baseball Properties for unique personalization offering
Dell Design Studio to offer MLB designs for all 30 teams
Totally unique, customized artwork created especially for the Dell Design Studio
Fan, Classic and Die-Hard designs available for each MLB team, to allow personalization
Available on Dell consumer systems: Inspiron Mini, Inspiron and Studio laptops
Quotes:

“Dell knows that baseball fans are passionate about showing their team pride, and we are thrilled to provide our customers this exciting new opportunity for self-expression,” said Alex Gruzen senior vice president of global consumer products. “We’re confident that Major League Baseball customization and personalization will make our notebooks a hit for baseball fans across the country.”

“Our fans have shown us time and time again that there is no limit to the ways in which they will exhibit their team pride,” said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball Properties. “Dell is a proven industry leader in laptop customization, and we’re pleased to offer this new option to our fans.”

Dell is offering the ultimate fan customization with the addition of Dell Design Studio custom artwork featuring all 30 MLB teams. With the special lid designs – available on Dell’s popular Mini, Inspiron and Studio laptops – ranging from more subtle team logos in one corner to screaming, full-cover extravaganzas. The MLB design options will be available from Dell.com beginning next month.

About Dell Design Studio

Design Studio is an interactive gallery of original contemporary artwork commissioned exclusively for Dell.com that gives individuals more than 200 options to turn their laptop into a work of art. The easy-to-use and intuitive Design Studio was introduced in December 2008 and quickly gained popularity. Featured artists include: Tristan Eaton, Siobhan Gunning, Bruce Maur, Mike Ming, Guillaume Wolfe, Jason Bacon, Brittany Waldner and Derek Welch, among many others. Also included in the design options is artwork from (PRODUCT) RED, which contributes to The Global Fund and results in additional funding for AIDS programs in Africa.

Design Studio also represents a new way to shop for a personal computer and tailor it to reflect personal style. With Design Studio, online shoppers virtually walk through a gallery of portraits and then can select to apply a design, change viewing angles, zoom in on details and read a short bio that explains the artist’s work.

About Dell

People worldwide can buy Dell online, by phone and through more than 43,000 stores.

About Major League Baseball Properties

The Major League Baseball Clubs formed Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) in 1966 as the Club’s agent for marketing and trademark licensing and protection. Major League Baseball Properties is responsible for managing consumer licensing activities, developing national advertising campaigns, cultivating sponsorship opportunities with major consumer brands and corporations, growing the game and the business of baseball outside the United States and creating national marketing programs in conjunction with Clubs, broadcast rightsholders and national sponsors. MLBP also operates a full-service video and audio production unit (Major League Baseball Productions), a publishing division and stock photo licensing agency, and manages logistics for the All-Star Game and World Series as well as all other special events. For more information on Major League Baseball, log on to www.MLB.com.

Dell Extends Vostro Line With Future Proof Power Packed DesktopVostro 430

Dell Extends Vostro Line With Future Proof, Power Packed DesktopVostro 430 incorporates latest technology, enhanced security and packs room for growth into a mini tower; Optimized for Microsoft Windows® 7; Backed by small business-dedicated service & support

Vostro 430

Dell announced the extension of its Vostro line with the Vostro 430 mini tower desktop, designed to serve the distinctive needs of small and medium business. Combining the latest processor technology, discrete graphics and optimized for Microsoft’s new Windows 7 operating system, the Vostro 430 is for growing businesses that want professional performance and productivity for their the existing and future needs. The Vostro 430 is available globally from today at prices starting from US$ 699.

The Vostro 430 comes with pre-installed video conferencing software, to help businesses optimize their communications and collaborations costs. The desktop also supports dual display and multi-touch technology and is optimized for Microsoft’s new Windows 7 operating system[1], making touch usage features such as pinch to zoom and tap-and-drag scrolling possible, which enhance productivity and encourage remote collaboration via video conference (an optional touch screen monitor and webcam is required).

The Vostro 430 also comes equipped with the latest Intel® CoreTM i5 or optional Intel® CoreTM i7 processors, and discrete graphics options from NVIDIA® and ATI™ making it an ideal tool for growing businesses seeking a powerful and reliable business desktop. In fact, customers can save time with Intel ® Core ™ i5-750 by completing intense Excel calculations up to 5 times as fast than their old system with Intel ® Pentium ® D 960![2] In addition, the Vostro 430 provides businesses ample room for future growth and can accommodate up to 16GB* of DDR3 SDRAM and up to 1TB* of internal storage.

“In the last six months, Dell has underscored its commitment to small and medium business by launching Vostro laptops and desktops that offer the features, services, reliability, and resources to meet their distinctive needs,” said Sam Burd global vice president, Dell Small and Medium Business. “The Vostro 430 is another great example of how we are providing small and medium businesses with a compelling reason to refresh their technology; with a desktop that meets their needs today, and leaves plenty of room to grow.”

The Vostro 430 is the latest addition to Dell’s comprehensive Vostro portfolio, which is designed to address the top technology issues facing small-business customers including easy-to-use and maintain computer systems, data storage, and quality service and support, all at a price small businesses can afford. For additional information on the Vostro 430, visit www.dell.com/vostro.

Backed by dedicated and specially trained small-business sales and support experts, Dell Vostro desktops come with a 30-day worry-free return policy, and are available with Dell CompleteCare Accidental Damage Service and Dell ProSupport services that give customers the ability to customize and tailor services to fit their technical expertise and business needs.

  • Vostro 430: Expandability, Productivity and Connectivity
  • Expandability options with the ability to add memory, PCI/PCIe cards and HDD, future-proofing IT investment;
  • Increased internal storage capacity with one terabyte hard drives offering up to 2 terabytes of internal storage;
  • Dual-display capability, and more expandability and flexibility with 10 external USB ports and four total PCI/PCIe expansion slots for more network, sound or graphics cards.

Optional Blu-Ray DiskTM drives for data storage and video playback;

  • PS/2 and serial ports to enable use of older devices; and 
  • Dell 19-in-1 Media Card Reader (Optional)
  • IEEE 1394a (Optional)

Dell Introduces Stylish And Ultraportable Laptop, The Vostro 1220

Dell announced the latest addition to its expanding line of Vostro laptops, the 12.1-inch Vostro 1220. This stylish, ultraportable laptop was designed exclusively for business travelers who are unwilling to compromise performance, battery life and security for a thin and lightweight design.

Available in Obsidian Black or Deep Cherry Red, the Vostro 1220 starts at a mere 3.36 lbs, is equipped with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and features up to 9 hours of battery life on a 6-cell battery, making it an ideal travelling companion for on-the-go, global entrepreneurs.

According to IDC, worldwide commercial shipments of 12-inch widescreen laptops are expected to grow almost 35 percent from 2008 to 2009. “This trend supports what Dell has been hearing from our customers,” said Sam Burd, global vice president, Dell Small and Medium Business. “Today’s globe-trotting entrepreneurs need a laptop that is powerful and long-lasting. That used to mean carrying around an ungainly device, the Vostro 1220 combines performance, built-in security and long battery life with useful features like videoconferencing to be the ideal weapon of choice for any road warrior.”

Vostro 1220: Productivity, Security and Connectivity

  • Only Dell offers pre-installed videoconferencing software, Dell Video Chat, which along with the purchase of optional integrated webcam and microphone gives customers a complete videoconferencing solution.
  • More security options than similar Acer, HP and Lenovo small-business systems including mobility solid state drives for three times the reliability of traditional hard drives, fingerprint readers with easy-to-use software, and multi-factor authentication and encrypted hard drives with Wave Systems software that can easily encrypt data without impacting system performance.
  • 802.11 draft-n wireless LAN or optional Mobile Broadband external solution for optimal connectivity anywhere your business takes you.

Backed by dedicated and specially trained small-business sales and support experts, Dell Vostro laptops come with a 30-day worry-free return policy6, are available with Dell CompleteCare Accidental Damage Service7 and Dell ProSupport8 services that give customers the ability to customize and tailor services to fit their technical expertise and business needs.

Pricing and availability
Starting at $799, the Vostro 1220 is available worldwide today.

Dell Launches New Latitude 2100 Netbook Designed for Education

Dell set a new standard in education technology with the launch of a netbook influenced by the needs of K-12 students, the Latitude 2100. The Latitude 2100 is also ideal for any business or public institution that needs affordable, durable, Internet-ready devices for e-mail and collaboration.

Inspired by close cooperation with hundreds of students, teachers, parents and administrators, Dell designers created a purpose-built education netbook that focuses on what’s most important – learning. The Latitude 2100 is part of Dell’s connected classroom ― innovative technology products, services, software and training that make learning in the digital age a reality. With the Latitude 2100, students can access enhanced learning resources and digital content on a school network or via the Internet. As a result, the Latitude 2100 blends into student life, from lesson plans to homework, increasing time spent learning versus managing technology.

The Latitude 2100 has unique features for schools like bright primary colors and a more rugged, ‘rubberized’ design that is easier for children to carry and use safely. It also offers wireless connectivity that can be monitored by the teacher with a Network Activity Light on the netbook lid. An optional touchscreen is a first for an education netbook and makes the Latitude 2100 a perfect choice for enhanced student interaction, assessment, and for special education teaching. The Latitude 2100 also offers administrators a range of services making it easier to deploy and manage.

Additional options include: a keyboard featuring antimicrobial protection (U.S. only), solid-state drives, quick-connect handles and shoulder straps for carrying, and a webcam. The Latitude 2100 is backed by Dell’s award-winning business service and support.

The Latitude 2100 extends Dell’s Latitude range and joins the Latitude XT tablet and fully rugged Latitude E6400 XFR as systems designed to meet the exacting needs of customers across a range of private and public-sector organizations with specific mobile computing requirements. Enterprises and public-sector customers looking for a business-class netbook will be attracted to the Latitude 2100 for activities ranging from employee training to order fulfillment or when a secondary system is required by their workforce.

The Latitude 2100 Features:

  • The “student-rugged” Latitude 2100 is designed to absorb the daily bumps and bruises of a crowded playground or backpack. Offered in five colors – School Bus Gold, Chalkboard Black, Ball Field Green, Blue Ribbon and Schoolhouse Red– the Latitude 2100 comes with a 10.1-inch screen and a unique “four-square-ball-style” rubber casing, making it easy for little hands to grip the netbook.
  • The system is available with a personalized window on the back of the battery pack where the school logo or name can be displayed, allowing schools to personalize or easily identify systems.
  • Equipped with a wireless communication suite and optional webcam, the Latitude 2100 enables productive days filled with collaboration, exploration and easy uploading of assignments. A Network Activity Light on the lid helps teachers monitor network use and identify students who may be surfing the Internet.

The Latitude 2100 also includes:

  • Choice of XP Home, Vista Home Basic and Linux Ubuntu
  • Intel Atom processor N270
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity coupled with a full suite of wireless communication options
  • 2.91lb* (1.32kg) starting at weight with 3-cell battery
  • Hard or solid state drives for increased durability
  • Three-cell or six-cell battery
  • Three-in-one Media Card Reader
  • Optional External DVD+/-RW via USB
  • VGA port
  • Clean bottom is vent-free to avoid any intrusion from spills
  • Options: webcam and a keyboard featuring antimicrobial protection (U.S. only)

Pricing and availability:
The system is available today, and starts at $369.

Dell Expands Its Inspiron Mini Series With The New Mini 10v

Dell has extended its popular Inspiron Mini series with the new Mini 10v; announced U.S., Canada and Latin America availability for the Inspiron slim and mini-tower desktops; and expanded the color palette for the Inspiron 15 laptop, all available just in time for the summer travel season and back-to-school.

Dell’s continued commitment of end-to-end personalization grows with the release of the Inspiron Mini 10v, a lower-cost configuration of its Mini 10 sibling. With its compact and lightweight design, the Mini 10v netbook is the perfect Internet companion to help keep kids, teens, bloggers and travelers connected from just about any location at any time, whether on the couch or on the road. Launching in seven stylish colors, the $299 Mini 10v is designed for simple and quick Internet access coupled with a flair for personal style.

Dell’s popular Inspiron 15 laptop neatly bundles stylish design, performance and value. With a starting price of $399 the popular laptop has been updated with more personalization possibilities – six vibrant color options including Jet Black, Alpine White, Ice Blue, Pacific Blue, Cherry Red and Promise Pink. As with all other best selling Inspiron PCs the Inspiron 15 includes features people need, like large HD 16:9 displays, optional large hard drives and DVD Burners, and can be customized with the technology they want like optional powerful discrete graphics, multi core processors, and fast wireless networking.

Stylish color personalization options from Dell have moved beyond the laptop to the desktop with the U.S., Canada and Latin America release of the Inspiron slim and mini-towers (Inspiron 537 and 537s in the US and Canada, Inspiron 545 in Latin America). Av ailable in eight stylized colors, the Inspiron desktop offers extensive personalization options to reflect personal style or to complement the bedroom, study or entertainment center. Ideal for every-day duties including e-mail, Internet, blogging, entertainment (movies, music and casual gaming) and productivity, the Inspiron slim and mini-tower desktops will also be available at major retailers in time for the back-to-school season.

“Dell’s goal is to create unique products that complement anyone’s style and become an extension of their personality,” said Michael Tatelman, vice president of global consumer sales and marketing at Dell. “These new products send a powerful message: Dell listens to what people say they want and then responds with well-designed products that match their expectations inside and out.”

Dell Inspiron Mini series features:

Dell Mini 10v
· Roomy keyboard – 92 percent of a standard full-size keyboard for comfort and ease of use
· Choose from seven colors: Obsidian Black, Alpine White, New Cherry Red, Promise Pink (US), Ice Blue, Jade Green and new Passion Purple
· 120GB, 160GB hard drives and 16GB solid state drive (XP and Ubuntu); 8GB SSD (Ubuntu)
· 1GB RAM
· Availability of Ubuntu or XP operating systems
· Built-in webcam to stay in touch with family and friends
· Multiple connectivity options
· Optional built in Bluetooth connectivity
· Starting at $299 US

Inspiron 15
· Expanded color palette options, including Jet Black, Alpine White, Ice Blue, Pacific Blue, Cherry Red and Promise Pink (US)
· Optional features include large hard drives, 7-in-1 media card readers and DVD Burner
· Get great entertainment features like a 15.6 inch HD 16:9 display
· Starting at $399 US

Inspiron slim and mini-tower desktops
· Now available in the United States and Canada (Inspiron 537 and 537s) and Latin America (Inspiron 545) on dell.com
· Dell’s new Inspiron desktop lets people express themselves with options like eight colors, size (slim or mini-tower) and configuration. Colors include: Piano Black, Pure White, Plum Purple, True Blue, Formula Red, Tangerine Orange, Promise Pink (US) and Spring Green
· Ideal for common tasks including e-mail, Internet, blogging, entertainment (movies, music and casual gaming) and productivity
· Will be available in retail in time for back-to-school
· Starting at $299 US

Dell Unveils New PowerEdge Servers

Dell has introduced five new blade, rack and tower PowerEdge servers based on the new Intel Xeon 5500 Series processors. Dell designed its 11th generation of servers with input from IT professionals worldwide to help companies do more with less by simplifying data center operations, improving performance and, energy efficiency and lowering total cost of ownership.

Specification of new Dell PowerEdge servers:

  • The new Dell PowerEdge servers include the M610 and M710 blade servers for the M1000e chassis, the R710 and R610 rack servers and the T610 tower server. Dell will roll-out PowerEdge additions to its two-socket portfolio – the T710, R410 and T410 – in the coming months.
  • The latest PowerEdge servers help companies enhance IT efficiency with:
    • Embedded Systems Management: Dell Unified Server Configurator Powered by LifeCycle Controller is embedded on 11th generation PowerEdge servers. This new systems management technology radically simplifies many common IT processes such as deployment, diagnostics, update and configuration. Unified Server Configurator has “Instant On” integrated manageability with zero media deployment through a single access point. The Dell PowerEdge R710 server is 43 percent faster than the HP ProLiant DL385 G5p at pre-Operating System server configuration.

     

    • Power and Thermal Efficiency: Dell 11th generation PowerEdge servers are available with Energy Smart technologies that are designed to reduce power consumption while increasing performance capacity. Enhancements include efficient power supply units optimized for system requirements, improved system-level design efficiency, policy-driven power and thermal management and highly efficient standards-based Energy Smart components.
      • Dell PowerEdge servers with Energy Smart design architecture can save customers up to 48 Watts in energy consumption compared to previous generation PowerEdge servers over the lifecycle of the product. Each Dell PowerEdge server can save customers $200 in energy costs over the expected lifecycle of the product.1
      • Dell PowerEdge 11th generation servers expect to achieve the industry’s highest performance per watt, according to SPECpower_ssj2008 results to be published on March 30, 2009.
      • The Dell PowerEdge M710 server and Dell EqualLogic™ storage had a 47.5 percent performance-per-watt advantage over competitor’s blade server and storage.

     

    • Virtualization Performance: Featuring Intel’s Nehalem-based architecture, embedded hypervisors, up to 125 percent increased memory footprint and more integrated I/O, PowerEdge 11th generation servers offer better overall system performance and virtual machine per server capacity compared to previous generations. Dell provides a smart path to virtualization with the choice of hypervisor from VMware®, Citrix® and Microsoft®.
      • The Dell PowerEdge R710 server and Dell EqualLogic storage supported 25 percent more Microsoft® Exchange 2007 virtual machines than a competitor’s rack server and storage.

     

    • Inspired Design: Dell PowerEdge servers have system and image commonality across platforms to enable lower deployment and management costs. The logical layout of components and power supply placement allows for straightforward installation and redeployment. The new PowerEdge servers have inspired design enhancements including all steel construction cable management arm, new metal hard drive carriers, single pull fan module and quick release rack latching. The servers allow unprecedented system management from the aisle with multi-layer LCD and KVM access. The industrial design of the PowerEdge R610 and R710 was recognized as winners of the 2009 iF Germany Product Design Award.
    • Lower total cost of ownership: In TCO comparisons by rack, by chassis and by blade, the Dell™ PowerEdge™ M710 blade solution had a lower TCO and yielded significant cost savings over the HP ProLiant BL685c G5 blade solution. The Dell M710 had 40% lower TCO per chassis over 3 years compared to HP ProLiant BL685c G5 blade solution.4
    • System performance: Dell 11th generation PowerEdge servers have achieved up to 50% increase in performance over previous generation servers allowing companies to run more compute intensive databases and applications more efficiently.

 

  • Image Management Service for PowerEdge Servers
    • To help simplify image management for the new 11th generation servers, Dell will now offer ImageDirect, an online solution that enables organizations to securely create, deploy and manage virtual and physical images on new Dell servers. Provisioning servers with ImageDirect can save IT staff time. Companies can now create and manage server images online and have them factory-installed, enabling image consistency and quality while eliminating time consuming on-premise manual configuration and reducing deployment and IT staff time. Companies can rapidly stabilize new servers into their production environment with ready to deploy optimized configurations and minimize unwanted drift from desired configuration states at the time of deployment.
    • With Dell ProConsult, Dell analyzes all aspects of a customer’s data center needs, and provides them with specific actions to simplify and help save costs in their data center through virtualization of servers and storage and consolidation of data centers. Dell analyzes their power and cooling capacity and practices to find inefficiencies, and provides recommendations for getting the most out of their hidden data center. New systems management consulting and tools can improve data center operations from server provisioning and maintenance to availability monitoring and service-level management through asset retirement.

The new Dell PowerEdge servers are available today on www.dell.com/PowerEdge starting at $1,599 or through any of Dell’s more than 40,000 Global PartnerDirect Channel Partners.

Dell Unveils New Premier Desktop PC, The Studio XPS 435

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Dell has announced the launch of a new premier desktop PC, the Studio XPS 435, built around elite performance, expandability and a bold design. The new desktop PC delivers great value for digital content creators looking for power potential and for tech enthusiasts who demand the latest and greatest at an outstanding price when compared to most other “prosumer” performance systems.

The Studio XPS 435 provides intense power and expandability, perfect for the most demanding entertainment and digital content creation needs while offering unmatched reliability and style. Dell’s emphasis on a built with you in mind” design helps ensures investment protection through its expandability, enabling easy upgrades to future technology and user-specific improvements.

The Studio XPS 435 is available for purchase on Dell website with a starting price of $1,099. This system will be available first in the U.S, followed by Asia in early March and select European countries in June.

The Studio XPS 435 PC’s Specification:

• Power and performance unleashed – the Studio XPS 435 features Intel Core i7 processors with Intel Turbo Boost Technology; up to 24GB DDR3 1066MHz Tri-Channel Memory; performance graphics up to ATI Radeon HD48701GB GDDR5 graphics; and a 475W power supply.
• The full-sized ATX tower means immense expandability for future technology upgrades including six DIMMs for up to 24GB tri-channel memory, three hard drive bays capable of up to 4.5TB of storage and dual optical options.
• Bold, distinctive design blends style and function for any room of the house – pure white and translucent black bezel accented with brilliant crimson orange trim; recessed media tray with 3 angled USB ports; top-mounted integrated 15-in-1media card reader; built-in infrared receiver; and optional Blu-Ray Disc.

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