Dell is proceeding with plans to market a Linux-based developer laptop later this year, as well as expanding other open-source projects such as its OpenStack cloud solution.
The firm confirmed that it has formalised its Project Sputnik initiative, and said this will result in an official Dell product to be available by the autumn.
First announced in May, the initiative is based on Dell's XPS 13 ultrabook laptop pre-loaded with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and is aimed at delivering a platform for developing and testing software targeting cloud computing environments.
To this end, tools bundled with the hardware will allow developers to create "micro clouds" on the laptop, simulating an at-scale environment, and then deploy the finished environment seamlessly to the cloud, according to Dell.
Barton George, Dell's project Sputnik leader, said the firm had been amazed by the interest the initiative has garnered from its developer customers.
"By listening to developers, Dell can provide them with solutions and products to help make them more productive and allow for greater innovation," he said.
Dell also announced that its OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution is now available in additional regions including the UK, Germany and China, and now includes extra server, networking and services options.
First announced earlier this year, the OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution is aimed at helping customers get started with cloud-based infrastructure using Dell hardware and a proven, open-source cloud computing software stack.
Along with the latest "Essex" build of the OpenStack platform, Dell is now offering select 12th generation PowerEdge servers including the R720 and R720XD models, plus PowerConnect or Force10 switches, and services from Dell, Canonical or Mirantis.
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