BRUSSELS: Michael Dell has said desktop computers remain a strong part of Dell's business, despite naysayers declaring that the PC market is dead. He also admitted the firm would consider using ARM chips in its servers.
In a keynote speech at Dell's 2014 Solutions Summit in Brussels, the chief executive and founder said desktop computers are seeing growth among the tech giant's myriad products and services.
Dell said: "Some companies have been getting out of the PC business, and [saying] the PC business was dead. We absolutely believe in the PC business."
Dell revealed that the majority of its PC sales were snapped up by enterprises – 85 percent of Dell desktop PCs are sold to businesses – though the company still maintains a presence in the consumer sector, which takes up 15 percent of its desktop sales.
"We have a great PC business. Our PC business has been growing – we've had six quarters of share growth," he added, despite describing how the market is changing with the new computer forms such as tablets and virtual PCs.
In a statement that is bound to raise a few eyebrows, especially at long-term partner Intel, Dell said the company would consider ARM chips for use in its servers.
"As ARM moves to 64-bit it becomes much more interesting. If ARM works well and costs less, we're happy to use ARM," he said.
Dell also announced how the company has made investments into virtualisation and software-defined architecture to make a competitive move into the cloud market. "Everything is going to the cloud. Virtualisation is running across the data centre," he said.
Dell also declared that the company is enjoying a success after going private through a $23bn buyout last year. "We're quite excited about the performance of the business, the success of the business, also the future opportunities we have," concluded Dell.
At the Dell Solutions Summit, the company also outlined its approach to cloud computing and the need for businesses to adopt a hybrid model to meet the needs of IT and the wider business.
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