Dell Buys Cloud Management Provider Enstratius
The deal adds to a list of other software companies that Dell has bought in recent years, including Gale Technologies and Quest Software.Dell is building on its cloud computing strategy and larger enterprise IT solutions portfolio with the acquisition of Enstratius, whose software enables businesses to manage applications across a variety of private, public and hybrid clouds. The Enstratius deal, announced May 6, complements a number of other acquisitions Dell has made over the past couple of years—including Gale Technologies and Quest Software—to build up its software and cloud computing capabilities. With Enstratius, Dell gains the ability to offer customers tools that will enable them to choose from a wide field of public and cloud providers, including Dell and competitors. No financial details about the deal were announced. Dell officials said they intended to keep the employees from Enstratius, which was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Minneapolis. They also said Dell would invest in additional engineering and sales help to keep the business growing. A year ago, Enstratius changed its name from enStratus. The deal comes at a time when businesses increasingly are embracing cloud computing, both with private clouds within their own firewall, public clouds or a combination of the two. A challenge is trying to manage all those environments with disparate tools, according to Dell officials. Dell is looking to ease those management issues.
"As enterprises increase their use of public, private and hybrid clouds, the need for controls, security, governance and automation becomes more critical," Tom Kendra, vice president and general manager for systems management at Dell Software, said in a statement. "Dell, together with Enstratius, is uniquely positioned to deliver differentiated, complete cloud-management solutions to enterprise customers, large and small, empowering them with the efficiency and flexibility in the allocation and use of resources."