Dell: Privately owned PC and server maker

Dell Inc is privately owned. So it is hard to say what their exact size is, but before being delisted they were number 51 on the Fortune 500 list, so they have mass.

We still see Dell frequently in the enterprise IT space and know all technologists have familiarity with what they can do in servers and the data center. We expect to see more innovation from Dell now that they are able to invest more freely in R&D.

Dell is closing on a long and complicated acquisition of EMC. More on that later.

One area of particular note is how they are innovating in micro-data centers, including servers in storage containers. Their continued pursuit of this old idea has resulted in significant improvements in this capability.

Here is how they are treated in Wikipedia:

Dell sells personal computers (PCs), servers, data storage devices, network switches, software, computer peripherals,HDTVs, cameras, printers, MP3 players, and electronics built by other manufacturers. The company is well known for its innovations in supply chain management and electronic commerce, particularly its direct-sales model and its "build-to-order" or "configure to order" approach to manufacturing—delivering individual PCs configured to customer specifications.[6][7] Dell was a pure hardware vendor for much of its existence, but with the acquisition in 2009 of Perot Systems, Dell entered the market for IT services. The company has since made additional acquisitions in storage and networking systems, with the aim of expanding their portfolio from offering computers only to delivering complete solutions for enterprise customers.[8][9]

Dell was listed at number 51 in the Fortune 500 list, until 2014.[10] After going private in 2013, the newly confidential nature of its financial information prevents the company from being ranked by Fortune. In 2015, it was the third largest PC vendor in the world after Lenovo and HP.[11] Dell is currently the #1 shipper of PC monitors in the world.[12] Dell is the sixth largest company in Texas by total revenue, according to Fortune magazine.[13] It is the second largest non-oil company in Texas – behind AT&T – and the largest company in the Greater Austin area.[14] It was a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: DELL), as well as a component of the NASDAQ-100 and S&P 500, until it was taken private in a leveraged buyout which closed on October 30, 2013.

 

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