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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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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

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