March 24, 2010 / 6:56 PM / 8 years ago

Dell's new servers designed for the cloud

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dell Inc on Wednesday announced a new series of servers designed for large cloud computing environments.

The company said the features of its new PowerEdge C-series servers were inspired by its Data Center Solutions business — where it sells servers to very large cloud computing infrastructure customers — but were targeted at a range of buyers regardless of their market size.

The so-called cloud refers generally to accessing applications or information stored remotely on servers in data centers, rather than locally on a personal computer.

Dell’s C-series servers are particularly aimed at dense and busy cloud computing ecosystems, such as Web service providers, social networking firms like Facebook, and those building “private clouds” that are used internally by individual companies.

Dell did not reveal the pricing for the new products, which will be bundled with services to help manage clouds.

Dell is the world’s No. 3 server vendor by revenue, according to industry tracker Gartner, trailing Hewlett-Packard Co and International Business Machines Corp. Dell only makes x86 servers, which are based on industry standard components.

Shares of Round Rock, Texas-based Dell fell 1.6 percent to $14.97 on Nasdaq at mid-afternoon.

Reporting by Gabriel Madway; Editing by Richard Chang

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