Dell Acquires Scalent for Data Center Virtualization

Vendor will integrate Scalent technology into its Advanced Infrastructure Manager solution.

Dell Computer Corp. recently agreed to purchase Scalent Systems Inc., a privately-held developer of software to make IT infrastructure dynamic, scalable and more efficient, whose technology the vendor plans to integrate into its Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) solution.

Dell said that it expects the deal to close during its second fiscal quarter ending July 31, 2010. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed by either party.

The computer said that the Scalent acquisition improves its portfolio of enterprise solutions.

“This acquisition will solidify an important component of our enterprise solution portfolio,” said Brad Anderson, Dell senior vice president, Enterprise Product Group.

“We know that Scalent software, in combination with Dell servers, storage and network platforms, provide increased efficiency and value for our customers,” Anderson said.

The seven-year old, Palo Alto, CA-based Scalent makes software that enables customers to build a dynamic, flexible IT infrastructure. Its flagship product, Scalent Infrastructure Manager, lets IT organizations rapidly provision images their physical and virtual servers run and how those servers connect to network and storage.

“Scalent brings an open, software-based approach to managing virtual infrastructure,” said Benjamin Linder, Scalent chief executive.

“We are very excited about bringing our talented team of professionals into Dell and look forward to Dell’s investment into accelerating our innovation curve,” he said.

Scalent technology incorporated into Dell’s AIM solution

Dell’s AIM solution, which allows a single administrator to dynamically allocate compute, storage and network resources for physical and virtual application workloads, is part of the vendor’s Virtual Integrated System.

The virtual platform is an end-to-end solution of servers, storage, networking, software and management tools working as one dynamically configurable entity.

Dell positions its virtual platform as an alternative to closed, proprietary systems and vertically integrated technology stacks.

Scalent sells to large enterprises and Software-as-a-Service providers, who adopt the vendor’s software as part of their data center provisioning, automation and business continuity projects. One of its largest customers is the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The developer’s solutions are available as pre-packaged configurations from OEM partners such as Red Hat Inc., EMC Corp., Unisys Corp., Emulex Corp., Qlogic Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., Epoch Concepts LLC, VMware Inc. and Oracle Corp.

Prior to the acquisition, Dell maintained a technology partnership with Scalent.

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