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October 30, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Dude, Ozzie’s got a Dell (in Quincy, to power Microsoft Azure)

Dell used to be Microsoft’s biggest customer. I wonder if it has reversed the situation.

Microsoft chose Dell to be the sole supplier of server and storage hardware for its Azure cloud computing platform, according to a report in U.K. tech pub The Register. An excerpt:

To build the Azure data center, Microsoft has engaged Dell’s Data Center Solutions division, an independent unit of the company — which has its own research, design, manufacturing, marketing, and sales employees — that was expressly created in the spring of 2006 to chase the cloud computing-Web 2.0-utility computing opportunity. DCS makes custom servers tuned for specific workloads and data center power and cooling envelopes.

The Texans should feel at home in Eastern Washington.

Here’s Dell’s announcement and explainer video:

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