Dell Computer plans to launch its own Dellhost.com hosting business in the next few weeks.
Michael Dell, the direct PC supplier's founder and chief executive, said on Tuesday that Dell intends to provide business users with shared but dedicated hosting services.
The centre's IT infrastructure will be based on Dell's own PC servers running a variety of operating systems and will be managed by Interliant, which Dell took a stake in at the end of January. At the time, Dell jointly invested a total of $17.5 million in the application service provider (ASP) together with BMC.
"The traditional PC model is being pulled in two directions: one sells to customers and the other sees companies plugging into an IT infrastructure," said Dell in his opening keynote speech at the Windows 2000 Conference in San Francisco.
"To succeed we need to be in the hosting market, and we're also looking at the ASP market, although hosting is the first step."
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