5. Scalent: Dell sells servers, which gives it a toehold into the data center. The Scalent acquisition furthered Dell's push into the data center by expanding the role of its own Advanced Infrastructure Manager to include the management of VMware ESX, Microsoft's Hyper-V and physical servers. With established vendors like BMC, CA, HP and IBM already offering a broad set of systems management software suites, and Cisco just announcing its Unified Compute System in March 2010, Dell needed to beef up its offerings to stay competitive in the data center. That answer was Scalent.
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