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Dell to Pay $1.4B for EqualLogic

Dell announced plans to acquire iSCSI SAN specialist EqualLogic for a massive $1.4 billion in cash this morning, in the year's second-largest storage-related acquisition so far.

The move comes just a few months after EqualLogic filed the paperwork for an IPO expected to raise $125 million, and underlines the growing momentum behind iSCSI.

Dell recently unveiled its own iSCSI SAN in an attempt to tap into the SMB storage market, and the vendor is keen to strengthen its portfolio against rival vendors such as IBM and HP.

"Storage is the fastest growing part of Dell's portfolio, and we want to extend that," said Mike Arterbury, Dell's director of storage operations, outlining the vendor's plan's for EqualLogic's iSCSI-based SAN systems.

"We're going to run two plays here," he explained. "One is to extend the EqualLogic line and the other is to integrate that into our PowerVault product line."

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