The company is a computer-hardware company which provides a broad range of computer products for the consumer and enterprise markets. Based in Round Rock, Texas, the company is the world's number one direct-sale computer vendor. The company develops, manufactures, sells and supports personal computers, servers, data storage devices, network switches, personal digital assistants (PDAs), software, televisions, computer peripherals, and other technology-related products. Its range of products include desktop computer systems and workstations; mobility products, such as notebook computers, mobile workstations, MP3 players, and handhelds; software and peripherals that consist of printers and displays, projectors, peripheral products, software titles, notebook accessories, networking and wireless products, digital cameras, power adapters, scanners, and other products; servers and networking products; and storage devices.In addition to a full line of desktop and notebook PCs, it offers network servers, workstations, storage systems, printers, projectors, and Ethernet switches. The company also markets third-party software and peripherals. Dell's growing services unit provides systems integration, support, and training. It provides various services, which comprise assessment, design, and implementation services; deployment services; asset recovery and recycling services; training services; enterprise support services; client support services; and managed lifecycle services.Further, it offers various financing alternatives, asset management services, and other customer financial services for business and consumer customers in the United States, through Dell Financial Services L.P., a joint venture between the company and CIT Group, Inc. The company sells its products directly to large corporate, healthcare, government, and education accounts, as well as individual consumers and small-to-medium businesses.The company was established by Michael Dell as Dell Computer Corporation in 1984 and changed its name to Dell, Inc. in 2003. The company primarily operates in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Japan. It has manufacturing facilities and sales offices in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Its global strategy is to be the premier provider of products and services, including those customers that require building their information-technology and Internet infrastructures.As of 2006, it employed more than 78,700 people worldwide. In 2006, Fortune magazine ranked Dell as the 25th-largest company in the Fortune 500 list, 8th on its annual Top 20 list of the most-admired companies in the United States.
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