Dell to Acquire SAAS Provider Everdream

By Jessica Davis  |  Posted 2007-11-15 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Everdream deal is only the most recent in Dell's acquisition spree of channel-friendly companies.

PC maker Dell has signed an agreement to acquire Everdream, a provider of software-as-a-service solutions for remote service management.

Dell said the deal would complement the capabilities it gained earlier in 2007 when it acquired MSP (managed services provider) platform company SilverBack Technologies. Together, the technologies from the two companies will further enable end-to-end remote management of customers' IT environments, Dell said in a statement.

Privately held Everdream manages more than 140,000 desktopsfor companies that include ADP (Automatic Data Processing), Brocade Communications Systems, Korean Air, Midas, Salesforce.com and Sonic Automotive, according to the company's Web site.

The deal is only the most recent in Dell's acquisition spree of companies with channel programs, which began soon after Dell abruptly announced that direct sales was no longer its "religion"—that the company would form a channel program and sell indirectly as well.

Since then, the company has announced plans to acquire SilverBack and EqualLogic. Paul Bell, Dell's president for the Americas, discussed with The Channel Insider other areas of potential expansion, such as the data center, and did not rule out the possibility that there would be other acquisitions to help Dell quickly gain traction with channel partners and in new technological areas.

Click here to read more about Dell's acquisition of MSP provider SilverBack Technologies.

Dell said the acquisition of Everdream will enable it to extend remote management of critical IT assets from servers, storage and printers to desktops, notebooks and other end-user devices globally.

"The planned Everdream acquisition is a significant step in Dell's next-generation service offerings and provides Dell an expanded presence in the rapidly growing SAAS-enabled managed services market," Dell Senior Vice President Steve Schuckenbrock said in a statement. "Everdream has an extremely talented team that has developed industry-leading technology enabling customers and partners to easily and affordably manage PCs from anywhere in the world."

Everdream appointed a new vice president of worldwide sales in April to oversee its field sales, services and channel operations and expand its relationships with regional and worldwide channel partners. Everdream products will continue to be developed for and offered through channel partners, and will also serve as the foundation for future Dell service offerings, Dell said.

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Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com
 
 
 
 
 
 

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