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Praveen Asthana, Dells vice president of computer hardware and the companys former director of enterprise storage, confirmed to eWEEK that Dell is coalescing its new data center approach around the buil

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-04-15 Print this article Print

--> Meinhardt (pictured) said Dell's corporate support and resources have been extremely beneficial for KACE since the acquisition a year ago.

"For example, as a startup with limited resources, it's tough to jump into Europe-it's expensive to get over there," Meinhardt said. "And to put the right people on the ground. Now with Dell, we've got the resources to do that. We were able to take three or four of our very best guys and put them over there (for sales purposes). 

"Once you're there, there's already an ingrained process for marketing and selling, so we have way more reach that way. In the English-speaking countries like the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland ... we had a real tough time the first two or three years doing it on our own. But now, things are starting to take off."

Boomi makes a SAAS application integration platform called AtomSphere that enables easy transfer of data between cloud-based and on-premises applications-with no appliances, no software and no coding required.

Boomi's platform is used by Salesforce CRM along with large enterprises in verticals such as marketing, financial, human resources, content management and service-desk management. Boomi manages millions of transactions a month and has completed tens of thousands of cloud integrations for hundreds of global customers.

"This was a fantastic outcome for the team, our customers and partners," Boomi President and CEO Bob Moul said at the time of the deal. "Dell gives us the global platform to continue to scale Boomi AtomSphere."

Dell has integrated Scalent's V/OE (Virtual Operating Environment) into its AIM (Advanced Infrastructure Manager) control software. V/OE allows IT administrators to manipulate all the elements in the data center from a single Web-based console, provisioning and reprovisioning them as needed.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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