Other companies have public cloud computing services for specific industries. HP has marketed certain services within its cloud as being aimed specifically for communications service providers and airlines. A variety of cloud computing companies, particularly those in the New York area, have low-latency, high performance compute resources available for financial service customers. Some have predicted that public cloud computing services for niche industries would catch on -- some have even dubbed the term "community clouds" to describe the process.
Dell isn't even alone in targeting the retail market either. NetSuite and others have retail-focused cloud computing offerings, but Dell is attempting some of that market share.
Dell's Cloud Client Computing for retail combines management of end point devices, cloud storage, application hosting and a variety of management tools geared specifically for the retail sector, such as point-of-sale (POS) and inventory tracking software. Retailers can also combine other Dell technologies for on-premise hardware to be used in the system, such as Dell Wyse thin clients, PowerEdge Servers and PowerVault storage. Dell is accepting beta customers for the service and plans to roll it out in phases this year, with the full release available in the fall of 2013.