Dell to Acquire Data Center Automation Specialist Scalent Systems

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-07-01 Print this article Print

Dell, competing nose-to-nose in IT infrastructure with Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, will integrate Scalent's V/OE, or Virtual Operating Environment, into its Advanced Infrastructure Manager control software.

Dell is adding an important ingredient to its data center management software recipe. The company announced July 1 that it is acquiring automation software vendor Scalent Systems, which provides shortcuts intended to make data center infrastructure easier and more efficient to operate.

Dell will integrate 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.

Dell did not reveal the terms of the transaction and said it expects to complete the acquisition within the next few months.

In September 2009, Dell revealed that it was partnering with Scalent and networking specialist Brocade Communications Systems to develop a unified data center offering to compete with those from rivals such as Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard.

The successful original partnership with Scalent revolved around V/OE, which automates routine workloads and provides real-time management of data center resources at will. Now Dell will have that key product inside its own firewall instead of having to license it.

Dell, the world's best-selling personal computer maker, has lately been shifting more of its attention to the data center infrastructure sector. Currently Dell is in the process of producing a cloud storage appliance with Microsoft and Seagate i365. In February, Dell acquired application virtualization software maker Kace to improve overall performance.

In April, Dell struck a deal with enterprise management software maker Egenera to make available that company's PAN Manager 6.0, an open-standards, cross-platform control center for converged infrastructures. It remains to be seen whether Dell also will want to acquire Egenera.

On June 9, Dell announced a major refresh of most of its data center hardware products.

Dell's AIM enables a single administrator to allocate compute, storage and network resources for physical and virtual application workloads on the fly, if needed.

Because Scalent's V/OE adds an open-standards software-based approach to managing virtual infrastructures, IT managers will be able to better integrate existing data center control applications into a virtualized Dell system.

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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