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Nine Dell Acquisitions: From EqualLogic to Quest, Compellent to Boomi

In recent days, Dell representatives made no bones about promoting the company’s own products over products it resells. While the approach makes sense, it’s a departure for Dell, which has historically been quite adamant about maintaining its reseller relationships even on products that directly compete with its own. But Dell’s own product portfolio is now much richer than it once was. Here are nine important Dell acquisitions leading to today.
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3. Perot Systems: In 2009, Dell acquired Perot Systems for $3.9 billion and entered the services and consulting space. Perot laid the foundation for Dell to move away from being just a box pusher and into becoming an IT services company that can compete with HP and IBM--at least for certain markets.

Dell needed a services company like Perot to move into larger accounts with consulting needs. The purchase followed a trend that saw HP buy EDS for a whopping $13.9 billion to bolster its own services the previous year. Since 2010, Dell's Enterprise Services division has grown from a $5.6 billion division to $8.3 billion, according to the company's most recent 10k.

 

Mike Fratto is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Prior to that, Mike was with UBM Tech for 15 years, and served as editor of Network Computing. He was also lead analyst for InformationWeek Analytics ... View Full Bio

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