1EMC Will Be Latest and Greatest of Dell’s Many Acquisitions
2Dell = EMC2
The EMC deal will give Dell more capabilities in such areas as data storage, virtualization and the cloud, and greater traction in large enterprises. It also promises to make Dell a more significant competitor with the likes of HP and IBM, though a merger of this size brings challenges in such areas as product and culture integration and greater debt. Analysts say it could be two years before Dell can say for sure how the deal worked out.
3EMC Wouldn’t Be the Only Storage Acquisition
Dell took a significant step into the storage business when it bought iSCSI system maker EqualLogic for $1.4 billion in 2007, at the time the largest acquisition in the company’s history. Three years later, Dell spent $940 million for storage vendor Compellent and bought deduplication software vendor Ocarina Networks. As Dell grew its storage capabilities, its decade-long partnership with EMC drew to an end.
4Force10 Is With Dell
5Securing the Enterprise
Security has been a focus of Dell’s acquisitions plans, and the company filled out a lot of its portfolio with three purchases in just over a year. Dell bought SecureWorks in 2011 for $612 million for managed security services, SonicWall the following year for network security, and Credant Technologies later in 2012, bringing with it data protection software for securing information sent from endpoints to servers, storage or cloud systems.
6Software as a Business
Dell also has spent billions to build out its software capabilities. Quest became the foundation of the software business when Dell bought it in 2012 for $2.4 billion, outbidding a venture capitalist firm. Also that year, the company bought Gale Technologies for $341 million for its infrastructure automation software.
7Managing the Systems From Anywhere
8It’s a Brave New World
Dell officials have been clear about wanting to help customers avoid any significant disruption in their data centers when migrating to more open, cloud-based environments. The company has invested in application modernization software and services through such acquisitions as Clerity Solutions and Make Technologies within days of each other in 2012.
9Looking at the Cloud
The cloud has gotten its share of attention from Dell over the past several years. The company in 2010 bought Boomi, a SaaS vendor that brought with it technology that allows for easy transfer of data between cloud-based and on-premises applications. About three years later, Dell bought Enstratius, which offered cloud management software and services.
10Making Sense of All the Data
11Help for When Things Go Bad
12Putting the Thin in Clients
13Services for the Enterprise
Dell significantly grew its services around technology, infrastructure, business processes and consulting when it bought Perot Systems in 2009 for $3.9 billion, a move designed to enable the company to better compete with vendors like HP and IBM.