Dell Opens Wider For Open Source
Finally, The VAR Guy believes, Dell is listening to the market. The hardware giant spent recent weeks gathering data about customers’ interest in Linux desktops and notebooks. And on the server, Dell continues to show more love for MySQL–the increasingly popular open source database.
Both moves should soon make Dell’s hardware more attractive to customers who are seeking flexible, cost-effective alternatives to Microsoft and Oracle software.
Dell is â€œcrafting product offeringsâ€? in response to customer demand for Linux desktops and notebooks, according to the companyâ€™s Direct2Dell blog. Dell on March 23 completed an online customer survey about Linux. According to the company, the survey results will help Dell to â€œdefine our forthcoming Linux-based systems offerings.â€? Hmm. Dell already has good relationships with Novell and Red Hat. But The VAR Guy wouldnâ€™t be surprised if Ubuntu Linux makes a surprise appearance on Dell desktops and notebooks really soon.
On the server, Dell continues to enjoy strong relationships with Linux proponents Novell Inc. and Red Hat. Dell also continues to expand its relationship with MySQL–the open source alternative to databases from IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. This April, Dell will be among the top two sponsors for the MySQL Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, Calif. (The conference’s other top sponsor, by the way, is Dell rival Hewlett-Packard Co.)
Over the past few years, Dell has become the largest reseller of Oracle databases. Dell now hopes to repeat that formula for success with MySQL. This wasn’t an overnight decision. Dell quietly sponsored the MySQL conference in 2005. The two companies have also developed promotional materials to stir interest in their integrated solutions.
The VAR Guy himself has called on Dell to increase its open source initiatives as part of a broader turnaround strategy for the company.