8. Force10: With servers and storage taken care of, Dell turned to networking. Dell had been reselling Juniper and Brocade networking gear but chose Force10 as its entry into data center networking. At the time, Force10 had a good name in the high-end data center and high-performance computing circles, but it had little presence in more traditional data centers and the campus LAN.
Dell has done little with Force10 other than some branding, but the acquisition is less than a year old. Some analysts thought Brocade would have been a better pick since Dell already had a reseller relationship. A Brocade purchase would have also brought Dell a SAN.
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