Intel is putting wind beneath Dell's enterprise wings, working with the direct PC seller to push into corporate and Internet commerce markets.
The chip giant has pledged to offer engineering support to Dell?s ?application solution centres?, which are currently being rolled out in the US and Europe. They will help software companies and customers migrate applications to the Intel platform.
The deal is not exclusive to Dell, as Intel has similar partnerships with other manufacturers. As part of the venture, Dell will concentrate on pitching Internet service providers with Intel based servers.
The centres will focus on several areas - transition to the Intel IA-64 architecture, improving workstation capabilities and performance, helping ISPs to standardise on IA-64 platforms. It will also promote e-business through the Internet.
Craig Barrett, Intel president and COO, said: ?We see our work with Dell on these initiatives as an excellent investment. It has been a consistent proponent of standardised Intel based platforms to provide our customers with the best total value and performance.?
Dell chairman and CEO Michael Dell said: ?Our development co-operation with Intel builds on those standards and is a key component of our roadmap to the future.?
The specific details of these, and similar Intel arrangements have yet to be disclosed.
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