Dell's proposed acquisition of EMC (the transaction is expected to close between May and October next year) "will create the world's largest privately-controlled, integrated technology company," according to the 12 October announcement. This comparative chart makes it clear just how big a deal this is:

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There has, naturally, been much punditry on the likely prospects of the new tech giant, which, depending on how you look at it, will either be a one-stop shop for organisations to buy everything from tablets to datacentre infrastructure (an "enterprise solutions powerhouse" as Michael Dell put it) or a debt-ridden beh ...

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