Dell has issued patches for 5 high-severity vulnerabilities for millions of computers dating all the way till 2009. Dell has also listed almost 200 affected computers that it considers to be no longer receiving service. The undisclosed flaws could allow any user on the computer, even without privileges, to escalate their privileges and run code in kernel mode, however, they haven’t seen evidence of the vulnerability being exploited by hackers in 12 years.
Dell would spin off its 81% stake in VMware to lower its long-term debt of $41.62 bn, mostly taken during its 2016 acquisition of EMC. The cloud computing firm will disburse a special cash dividend of around $12 bn to all its stakeholders, including Dell, which will receive around $9.7 bn, in a likely tax-free transaction. Dell, with the spinoff, will also get an investment-grade rating and simplify the capital structure. VMware, at present, is Dell’s best-performing unit.
India’s overall server market declined 11.2 % (YoY) in terms of revenue to reach $266.1 mn in Q4 2020, said IDC. The x86 server market contribution grew to 92.9 % in terms of revenue, growing 4.8 percentage points over Q4, 2019. Dell emerged as the market leader in the India x86 server market with a revenue of $73.1 mn, HPE was second ($48.2 mn), Lenovo was third ( $27.0 mn) said Harshal Udatewar, Market Analyst, Server, IDC India.
Dell is expanding its Hybrid Client, a client computing software that helps users to have easy access to apps and data on any platform like cloud, data centre or device. Hybrid Client 1.5 gives provide access through a secure single-sign-on and makes it easy to find anything the user needs by using a global file search. There is also a follow-me feature that ensures that users get a consistent experience regardless of the device they are using.
Dell will invest $50 mn for the next three years to set up an innovation facility in Singapore with the aim to focus on R&D work in digital transformation tech. Amit Midha, Dell’s president of APJ and global digital cities said, out of the total investment, $23 mn will be invested this year itself. Dell launched a skills programme in Singapore for over 3,000 people to learn new skills in cloud computing, data protection, data science, and big data analytics.
Boeing would outsource its IT work including support of cloud services and databases to Dell from April, eliminating 600 jobs or 10% of the total IT staff. Boeing shed 20,000 jobs in 2020 and might need to cut 11,000 more in 2021. “The aim is to increase the efficiency, simplify operations and advance our digital transformation,” said Susan Doniz, VP for IT and data analytics of Boeing. Employees can either find different work within Boeing, apply in Dell or be laid off.
Tech industry heavyweights — Google, Box, Citrix, Dell, Imprivata, Intel, Okta, RingCentral, Slack, VMware, Zoom — launched the Modern Computing Alliance with the aim to “drive ‘silicon-to-cloud’ innovation for the benefit of enterprise customers. The alliance aims to create a new and modern computing platform to provide additional choice for integrated business solutions. Experts, however, opined that the alliance is all about helping enterprises adopt Chrome and Chrome OS.
Intel Corp on Wednesday unveiled “Tiger Lake”, the 11th-gen version of its flagship chips for laptops, hoping to regain the market share that it has lost to AMD due to manufacturing delays. This move is also intended to counter Apple Inc machines with Apple Silicon chips. Intel said that it worked with laptop makers including Dell and Samsung and that 50 machines from different makers will be available for the holiday shopping season.