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Dell Enters Web Hosting Market

Computer powerhouse Dell Computer Corp. Tuesday launched a Web hosting initiative to cater to small- and medium-sized businesses.

Through a new site, Dell (DELL) will provide the Internet infrastructure, services and e-commerce expertise necessary for these businesses to grow and serve their customers on the Web.

Dell's new site offers clients Web site design services and tools, access to reliable and scalable Dell PowerEdge servers and PowerVault storage, and a choice of hosting packages for either dedicated or shared servers. Prices start at $17.95 per month for shared hosting and $299 per month for dedicated hosting, with the possibility of additional options for e-commerce.

Web hosting allows businesses to set up and run Web sites on servers housed in a separate, secure, data center. Through Web hosting, companies outsource the servers that run their e-businesses but maintain access to their site's information and content.

Dell Vice Chairman Kevin Rollins said the play "is an opportunity for customers to leverage the capabilities that run Dell's $40 million-a-day Web site and establish an online presence quickly and easily."

Dell is the world's leading direct computer systems company, based on revenues of $25.3 billion for the past four quarters, and is a premier provider of products and services required for customers to build their Internet infrastructures.