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Dell 'refining' plans for OpenStack-powered public cloud

Brandon Butler | May 16, 2013
After purchasing a cloud management company, Dell may focus on enabling access to multiple clouds.

Mark Levitt, an analyst with Strategy Analytics, says given the pending discussion about the company's potential buyout and plans to go private, many initiatives within the company may be "in a holding pattern." Some aspects of Dell's strategy have been successful, such as the Dell Boomi cloud, which focuses on integrations between private and cloud-based resources, but any new initiatives are likely being examined very carefully. Given that OpenStack is still a developing technology, it wouldn't be surprising for Dell to take a more conservative approach compared to an aggressive one on that front, he says.

Krishnan Subramanian, an analyst at Rishidot Research who tracks the OpenStack market, says if Dell is mixing up its cloud plans, and perhaps even dropping plans to build an OpenStack-powered public cloud and he has heard rumors to that effect then it would be more of a commentary on Dell's strategy, rather than a black eye for OpenStack. "This has everything to do with Dell's internal problems, than the platform" he says.


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