Dell and SAP get together

Dell means business when it comes to server software.

The Round Rock, Texas-based PC maker will announce an expanded alliance with software giant SAP at a Dell strategy update Wednesday in New York. SAP CEO Henning Kagermann will join Dell CEO Michael Dell at the event to discuss how the companies will work more closely together, Dell said in a statement. The event will also include discussions of Dell's server and storage products.

Dell and SAP have already been working together to assure that SAP's software runs well on Dell's servers. The companies have also established three centers designed to assist their joint customers in setting up servers to run SAP software. Although the company did not immediately release details of the expanded agreement, Dell has been putting more emphasis on server software and related services recently as part of its efforts to reach business customers. During a similar event last year, Dell announced a relationship with software maker Oracle.

Dell has long focused on servers and closely related storage systems and services as avenues for winning business from large companies. Such moves are designed to help Dell advance toward its $60 billion revenue goal. Despite being the top world's top PC maker, Dell has trailed rival Hewlett-Packard in worldwide server unit shipments and also in server revenue.

News source: C|net

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