Dell Technologies provided an initial donation of two million yuan ($284,000 USD) to fund badly-needed materials including surgical masks, protective clothing and eye protectors for local hospitals, under the guidance of the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the assistance of China Youth Development Foundation and Hubei Youth Development Foundation.
Dell is now in the process of extending its support in China, Delivering an in-kind IT infrastructure donation valued at 6 million yuan ($853,000 USD) to the Hubei CDC in China. This donation will help upgrade the IT infrastructure of Hubei CDC and enable the center to respond to the epidemic situation more effectively. This will also substantially enhance the center's ability to provide public health services over the long term by optimizing service support and enabling new capabilities such as hybrid-cloud-based PaaS.
Dell has set aside another $3 million USD in funds and in-kind technology donations to help meet the greatest needs of its communities and the front-line organizations working to treat and contain COVID-19 around the world. As the situation evolves, Dell will continue to assess opportunities to leverage its technology to deliver support where it is needed most.
The company has set up a fundraising page where team members can donate to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation to help in the relief efforts. The CDC Foundation's Emergency Response Fund is used to meet fast-emerging needs identified by the CDC to help respond to the public health threat posed by COVID-19. These include additional support for state and local health departments, support for the global response, logistics, communications, data management, personal protective equipment, critical response supplies and more. And through the Dell match program, Dell will match every team member donation, dollar for dollar up to $10,000 per employee per year.
Dell will also be working with customers in the area of infectious disease prevention and control. For example, their advanced computing clusters are being used to understand disease outbreaks, including how diseases like COVID-19 are spreading and how to better track them. For example, The University of Texas at Austin and other institutions in Hong Kong, mainland China and France used the Texas Advanced Computing Center’s (TACC) Wrangler system to analyze comprehensive travel data from location-based services to develop a model of the spread of the virus through China.