Michael Dell Looks Beyond PC Business

Published on April 25, 2011
by Ben Worthen

Michael Dell doesn’t want to talk about personal computers anymore. As Dell Inc.’s chief executive works to turn around the once high-flying PC maker, he has bet on diversifying away from the company’s best-known product.

The 46-year-old has been acquiring high-end technologies—such as storage and security systems—that Dell can sell to businesses to lessen its reliance on selling low-margin desktop and laptop computers.

Dell bought services provider Perot Systems Corp. for $3.9 billion in 2009. Last year, it lost a high-profile bidding war for 3PAR to rival Hewlett-Packard Co. but later scooped up another data-storage company, Compellent Technologies Inc., for $960 million.

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