(Bloomberg) -- Michael Dell said his company is seeing some customers return to buying equipment after discovering that working with the giant cloud-computing providers is more complicated and costlier than they thought.

Hardware from Dell Technologies Inc. is getting a second look from companies finding that outsourcing their computing needs to the public cloud—big providers such as Amazon.com Inc., and Microsoft Corp.—can be twice as expensive or more as running it themselves, Dell said Monday. While he didn't provide specifics, Dell added "it's not small numbers; it's large numbers."

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