Dell, buoyed by significant demand in the mainland’s public sector and large-enterprise markets, will boost spending in key facilities, services and solutions for corporate customers in its second-biggest market after the US. The initiative is part of a US$1 billion global investment program this year by the world’s second-largest supplier of personal computers to build multiple data centers, enterprise solution hubs and so-called cloud computing services over the next 24 months.
Dell will set up so-called “global solution centers”, including one in Shanghai, to help public-sector customers and large enterprises test cloud-based systems. 12 of these centers will be built this year around the world and 10 more in the next 18 months.
Dell, the mainland’s No. 2 personal computer brand, spends about US$25 billion annually in the local market, in manufacturing and sourcing of IT components and other related products. The fastest-growing parts of Dell’s business continue to be servers, storage and enterprise services. Dell has more than 60% of the server computers and storage systems used by the mainland’s biggest internet companies.
Market research firm IDC has forecast the size of the mainland’s information nd communication technology market to reach US$247.41 billion this year.