Dell has officially begun selling networking equipment as well as PCs, with an expanded new storage line-up scheduled to appear later in the year.
On Wednesday Dell started to sell four low-end networking devices that connect PCs and servers, targeting firms employing less than 500 staff.
The $5bn a year market includes entrenched networking players such as Cisco, 3Com, NetGear, Intel, Hewlett Packard and others. Dell had previously sold products from NetGear and Foundry Networks.
Kim Crawford, vice president and general manager at Dell Networking, said: "Our small and medium sized business customers say they want affordable networking products that are easy to install and manage. They want the convenience of buying switches when they make their server and computer purchases."
US analysts said Dell's products were competitively priced and that the firm had a good chance of adding networking sales to its direct PC business.
Gartner, for one, believes Dell can take 10 per cent of the low-end market by the end of next year.
You can read information from Dell on its networking products here.
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