Dell may lease datacentre space to provide services

Vendor cautious to invest in its own facilities in the region due to large amount of unused capacity in existing centres

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Dell may lease datacentre space to provide services Dell may lease datacentre space in the Middle East as an alternative to building its own facilities in the region. (Getty Images)
By  Ben Furfie Published  April 7, 2011

Dell has said that it may consider leasing some of the Middle East's spare datacentre capacity to provide services as an alternative to investing in its own facilities in the region.

Speaking at its Services and Solutions for the Virtual Era event in London, Eric Velfre, managing director of EMEA commercial/ large enterprise service at Dell said that the company was unlikely to invest locally due to the large amount of spare datacentre capacity in the region.

However, he did hint at the possibility that Dell would look to lease some capacity from local partners in order to provide services if there was enough demand from customers.

"The Middle East is more open to bringing in services from just outside its region, such as Europe," commented Velfre. "We may eventually invest in the region, but the fact is that there is a lot of empty datacentres in the region.

"We may opt to utilise some of that spare capacity with our existing partners in the region rather than investing in our own facilities in the region, but at the moment, nothing is definite."

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