At Dell World 2012, expect Michael Dell and his executive team to offer numerous updates involving public cloud and private cloud initiatives. Among the technologies atop Dell's (NASDAQ: DELL) priority list: Boomi for cloud integrators, Quest Software for cloud monitoring and management, and a hands-on Dell Cloud lab at the conference.

Dell World (Dec. 11-13, Austin, Texas) will likely promote six cloud computing opportunities for customers and partners. They include how to:

  1. Build private and public cloud infrastructures with Dell servers, storage and networking. Surely, Compellent, EqualLogic and Force10 networking will enter the conversation here.
  2. Operate, monitor and manage cloud infrastructure. Here, listen closely for information about Quest Software.
  3. Integrate SaaS, cloud and on-premises applications while offering data portability and security. Here, Dell will surely promote Boomi.
  4. Leverage Dell Cloud for applications, data and infrastructure.
  5. Secure your cloud -- using Dell SecureWorks, Talkin' Cloud assumes.
  6. Work with Dell Cloud Services for design and implimentation services, though Michael Dell says there's plenty of room at the table for channel partners.

Direct From Michael

So what's top of mind for Michael Dell himself? In October 2012 he described to Talkin' Cloud how Dell Boomi allows customers and channel partners to connect the dots between multiple SaaS and on-premises applications. He also noted that Quest Software, which Dell acquired in mid-2012, will play a critical role in Dell's cloud monitoring, management and virtualization strategies. And don't overlook Dell KACE,  a systems management platform that will increasingly gain cloud-centric capabilities.

The Same -- But Different?

In the private cloud market, Dell is looking to converge network, storage and compute infrastructure into private clouds. On the one hand, most major Dell rivals -- Cisco, HP, IBM, Oracle -- also are promoting converged data center initiatives. But Michael Dell in October said Dell is leading on innovation, especially as blade servers converge with storage and networking.

Still, Dell faces an uphill battle as it tries to offset falling PC demand with software and IT services. That effort has yet to substantially lift Dell's profits. But the company's portfolio of solutions -- across servers, networking, storage, private and now public cloud offerings -- continues to grow.

How quickly? Michael Dell will offer the update at Dell World.