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Dell Positioned In Leaders Quadrant For Midrange Enterprise Disk Arrays


Leading Analyst Firm’s Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision, Ability to Execute
Round Rock, Texas, February 5, 2007

Gartner Inc. positioned Dell in the “Leaders Quadrant” of its Magic Quadrant for Midrange Enterprise Disk Arrays, 2H061 report, Dell announced today.

“At Dell, we have a relentless focus on changing the economics of storage and delivering solutions to a broader base of customers,” said Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager of Dell’s storage business. “Through innovation and simplification of a complete server and storage offering, we help customers navigate the historically complex challenge of protecting and storing their information.”

Gartner defines midrange disk array products as external controller-based redundant array of independent disks that:

* Use a dual controller or cluster architecture
* Support Unix, Linux, Windows and NetWare environments
* Offer no mainframe support
* Have an average selling price of more than $24,999

According to Gartner, “A midrange enterprise disk array vendor in the Leaders Quadrant has the market share, credibility and marketing and sales capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. It demonstrates understanding of market needs, is an innovator and thought leader, and has well-articulated plans that customers and prospects can use in designing their storage infrastructures and strategies.”

Gartner’s “ability to execute” evaluation criteria include a vendor’s product, services, overall viability, market responsiveness, sales execution, pricing and customer experience. Its “completeness of vision” criteria evaluate market understanding, marketing and sales strategy, product strategy, business model, innovation and geographic strategy.

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About the Gartner Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted Dec.13, 2006 by Gartner Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Gartner Research “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Midrange Disk Arrays, 2H06” by Stanley Zaffos, Roger W. Cox and April Adams. Dec. 13, 2006


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