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Dell Technology to Deliver Ironman Triathlon Results Worldwide, Real Time.

Business Editors/High-Tech Writers/Sports Writers

ROUND ROCK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 13, 2003

Organizers Enlist Dell Handhelds, Workstations, Servers to Track

1,600 International Triathletes as They Swim, Bike, Run 140.6 Miles

From the shores of Kailua Bay to the picturesque finish on Alii Drive, Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) technology will deliver Ironman Triathlon results to an Internet audience beginning with the world championship that takes place every year in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Event organizers will be outfitted with Dell handheld computers, workstations and servers to feed the information through Ironmanlive.com for the Oct. 18 competition in Hawaii, and for more than 10 qualifying and world championship events in 2003 and 2004.

For the Hawaii championships, 1,600 triathletes from nearly 50 countries will compete in a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. Ironmanlive.com is the only outlet that broadcasts the world's most challenging endurance event in real time.

"Dell's mobile and enterprise technology will help our team deliver one of the world's largest sporting events streamed over the Internet," said Ben Fertic, vice president of information systems for the Ironman Triathlon. "Split times, streaming video, still photography are but a few of the features fans can expect to see on the Web site."

"Ironman is one of those special events that defines individual accomplishment and the power of human will," said Tim Mattox, vice president of client product marketing for Dell. "Our goal is to match the quality of the athletes' efforts with technology solutions that help the Ironman team bring the experience to a broader audience around the world, setting the standard for live event, field production for years to come."

The following technology will be deployed during the Ironman events:

-- Dell Precision M60 mobile workstations for the Ironman video

crew to edit video in real-time over Ironmanlive.com;

-- Dell Axim wireless-enabled handhelds for spectators to access

racer split times from Dell volunteers at a help booth, and

for emergency medical teams to access athlete information;

-- Dell PowerEdge servers to stream data on Ironmanlive.com Web

site via Rackspace.com;

-- Dell Latitude D600 notebook computers for press booth; and

-- Dell OptiPlex desktops for Ironman Internet Cafe for athletes

and spectators to communicate with friends and family.

About Ironman Triathlon

For more than 20 years, the Ironman name has come to symbolize performance, quality, excellence and durability. These are the same traits that have been used to describe many of the finest products on the market today. Licensing partners such as Timex, Twinlab and FosterGrant have proven that the Ironman name delivers a strong incentive for consumers to purchase Ironman-branded products.

About Dell

Dell Inc. (Nasdaq:DELL) is a premier provider of products and services required for customers worldwide to build their information-technology and Internet infrastructures. Company revenue for the past four quarters totaled $38.2 billion. Dell, through its direct business model, designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Information on Dell and its products can be obtained at www.dell.com.

Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc.

Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.
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