IBM vs. Dell, Public vs. Private, who will make the most progress?

IBM is under pressure to improve its financial performance with eight straight quarters of no revenue increase reports the WSJ.

International Business Machines Corp. IBM -3.25% on Wednesday reported its lowest quarterly revenue total in five years, putting more pressure on Chief Executive Virginia Rometty to show progress in her effort to transform the company.

IBM's first-quarter revenue shrank 4% to $22.5 billion, as the company's hardware, software and services business all disappointed. It was also the eighth straight quarter the company failed to show a revenue increase.

Meanwhile Dell is quiet this time of year because it is private.

Dell is now a private company.

On September 12, 2013, Dell stockholders approved the proposal in which Michael Dell, Dell’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, will acquire Dell in partnership with global technology investment firm Silver Lake Partners. The merger transaction closed on October 29, 2013, and the company has commenced the process to delist its common shares from the NASDAQ Stock Market. Per the merger agreement, Dell shareholders are entitled to receive $13.75 in cash, in addition to a special dividend of $0.13 per common share.

As a private company, we are going back to our roots, to the entrepreneurial spirit that made Dell one of the fastest growing, most successful companies in history. We’re unleashing the creativity and confidence that have always been the hallmarks of our culture. We will be able to serve our customers with a single-minded purpose and drive the innovations that will change our world for the better.

Both IBM and Dell are under pressures with hardware sales slipping.  The Cloud going like mad.  Amazon, Google, Microsoft and so many others commoditizing the servers in data centers.

This may go down as the most pressure IBM has felt on its services.

Google missed in EPA Green Power Leadership Awards - Apple, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft

The EPA released the Green Power Leadership Awards.


This was a good chance for the technology vendors who go Green to highlight their achievements.  Apple, Cisco, Dell, Intel and Microsoft are on the list.  What happened to Google?  They are not on the list.

Apple Inc.
Apple Inc., one of the largest information technology companies in the world, became an organization-wide Green Power Partner in 2013, increasing its green power use from 2012 by more than 285 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) to an annual total of more than 537 million kWh. Apple is pursuing a net zero energy strategy for its data centers, corporate facilities, and retail stores worldwide, and currently has achieved 85 percent green power for all its U.S. consumption. An important component of the strategy is creating new, Apple-owned renewable energy projects – utility-scale if necessary – located near the company's centers of energy demand.

Apple supplies all of its data centers with 100 percent renewable energy though its own projects or through grid-purchased renewable energy. For its largest data center, in Maiden, North Carolina, it has committed to more than 60 percent Apple-owned generation and achieves this by having constructed the nation’s largest end user-owned, solar photovoltaic array — a 20-megawatt (MW) facility on 100 acres of land — and a 10-MW fuel cell installation supplied by directed biogas, the largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the country. These projects produce 125 million kWh of green power a year. A second 20-MW solar photovoltaic array is installed and will be operational in October, increasing total green power generation at the data center to 167 million kWh a year, which is substantially beyond their 60 percent goal.

Many of Apple's other facilities also operate on 100 percent renewable energy from a combination of green power purchases and Apple-owned renewable projects, including its data center in Newark, California; its two newest data centers in Reno, Nevada and Prineville, Oregon; and corporate facilities in Cupertino, California; Elk Grove, California; Austin, Texas; and several overseas facilities.

By developing its own on-site projects, Apple ensures that it provides renewable energy that supports the company’s load and provides power to the local grid, and that this energy comes from new projects that would not have been built without Apple's involvement.

In the future, as its facilities and data centers grow, Apple plans to increase its green power use to keep pace with growth and pursue its goal of using 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

If you think you should be on this list you can submit here.

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Green Power Leadership Awards

EPA’s Green Power Leadership Awards recognize exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners and among green power suppliers. Green Power Partners and green power suppliers may apply for an award, or another party may nominate them. EPA recognizes eligible organizations and suppliers in the award categories listed below:

Google Green has their content here.


Is your Data Center where Dell's Fresh Air Cooling will work?

Here is a map of where Dell says Fresh Air Cooling will work with their hardware.


The blog post is here.

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We are proud to announce the next iteration of the Dell Fresh Air Hot House, an ongoing project at Dell with partner Intel and customer Essor Partners LLC. The Fresh Air Hot House, located in Round Rock, Texas, showcases the extreme temperature and humidity tolerances of off-the-shelf Dell Fresh Air capable hardware while performing at high workload levels in a non-air-conditioned environment.

Dell embarked on the Fresh Air design mission after hearing from our customers. They told us they were challenged for operating expenditure and data center capacity, and they needed a solution. Based on those conversations, we set out to design a server capable of performing continuously up to 35°C (95°F) and for time-based excursion operation up to 45°C (113°F) with humidity up to 90%, covering most of the environmental ranges in the world. Through years of comprehensive research and development, we found that a fresh air cooled data center using our Dell Fresh Air capable hardware could be deployed almost anywhere.

And the video is here.

Dell's Data Center business outshines End user Computing in Q2 2013 calendar

here is Dell's press release.

Data Center related businesses did well.

Enterprise Solutions Group revenue was $3.3 billion, an 8 percent increase. Operating income for the quarter was $137 million, a 9 percent decrease. Dell server, networking and peripherals revenue increased 10 percent, the fifth consecutive quarter of growth for this business, driven by continued strength in hyper-scale data center servers. Dell networking continued to grow, with a 19 percent revenue increase. Dell storage revenue declined 7 percent.

End User Computing didn't look as good with a 71% decrease vs. 9% decrease for enterprise solutions.

End User Computing revenue was $9.1 billion in the quarter, a 5 percent decrease. Operating income for the quarter was $205 million, a 71 percent decrease. Dell desktop and thin client revenue increased 1 percent, mobility revenue declined 10 percent, and revenue from software from third parties and peripherals declined 5 percent. Dell was the only vendor among the top five worldwide to increase PC unit-shipment share both year over year and sequentially in the past two calendar quarters, according to IDC

CRN reports on overall server shipments - HP vs. Dell vs. IBM.

The IDC data shows Dell's unit shipment share in the second quarter was up 4.8 percent to 552,486 units, just 28,684 units behind No. 1 global shipment winner HP, whose global shipments declined 13.6 percent to 581,170 units during the quarter, sources said. IBM's global unit share, meanwhile, dropped 8.4 percent to 200,985 units, the sources said.

HP remains the No. 1 global shipment provider with 30 percent share followed by Dell with 28.6 percent share, IBM with 10.4 percent share, Cisco with 2.9 percent share and Lenovo with 2.7 percent share, according to sources who have seen the preliminary data.

Woohoo, Dell ships 1,000,000th server from Data Center Solutions Group

Dell started 5 years with a different idea to develop custom servers for the Internet companies who had different needs than enterprise IT.  Yesterday Dell announced its 1,000,000th server shipment.

One Million Reasons to Celebrate – DCS Ships its One Millionth Server


 The idea behind Dell Data Center Solutions (DCS) all started with a sketch on the back of a napkin.  A new breed of customer – Internet companies building giant data center capacity – found themselves in need of a new type of server to support their massive scale. This trend didn't go unnoticed over at Dell. In 2007, an intrepid band of scrappy, entrepreneurial-minded engineers under Forrest Norrod saw this opportunity and created a business targeted at specifically addressing these unique needs, and a new server segment along the way. They began creating solutions around servers designed specifically for massive scale environments or what would become known as the cloud.

This group combined a start-up mentality with the resources of a global technology powerhouse – the perfect synergy of pioneer spirit, innovative thinking, and deep technical and marketplace expertise.

Here is a YouTube video that goes along with the announcement.

Barton George sent me the above info from his post.

Here is a graphic that shows the accomplishment.