Dell Acquires Virtualization, Scalability Specialist Scalent

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Dell attempts to break into the dynamic virtual environment space with the acquisition of Scalent Systems, known for its data center scalability solutions.

Computer maker Dell announced the acquisition of Scalent Systems, a company that provides software to enhance the scalability and efficiency of data center infrastructure. Dell said it would integrate Scalent technology into its Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) solution, which allows businesses to move workloads and applications from device to device depending on demand. Dell said it expects to complete the acquisition in its second fiscal quarter; financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

AIM works with industry-standard servers, Ethernet switches and Fibre Channel switches, helping allow customers to transition to a dynamic data center using existing infrastructure investments. The company said its efforts to bring customers virtual solutions is based around a goal of reducing data management costs by up to 50 percent. Earlier this year, Scalent released Infrastructure Manager 3.2, the latest version of its software for real-time provisioning and automation of IT infrastructure and managed network, storage, as well as bare-metal and virtual servers on VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Xen.

Brad Anderson, senior vice president of Dell’s enterprise product group, said Scalent provides a critical building block for Dell’s Virtual Integrated System (VIM) and the acquisition would solidify an important component of their own enterprise solution portfolio. "We know that Scalent software, in combination with Dell servers, storage and network platforms, provide increased efficiency and value for our customers. Scalent’s open architecture is an example of Dell’s ongoing commitment to provide customers with solutions that don’t lock them into proprietary hardware or gateways," he said.

Dell’s VIM solution brings together an end-to-end solution of servers, storage, networking, software and management tools, offering rapid deployment and responsive infrastructure. In combination with AIM post-Scalent absorption, Dell is in a position to offer its enterprise customers the ability to combine their servers, physical and virtual, and their storage devices into a single resource pool. "Scalent brings an open, software-based approach to managing virtual infrastructure," said Benjamin Linder, CEO of Scalent. "We are very excited about bringing our talented team of professionals into Dell and look forward to Dell’s investment into accelerating our innovation curve."