Server vendor looking to ramp up its networking technologies.
Dell, best known as a maker of x86 server technology, would be upping its game in the networking space. The company intends to use Force10 data center switches to complement Dell’s data center technologies, according to an article in Network World. The acquisition will also contribute to Dell’s “Virtual Era” initiative, the company detailed in a press release.
“As part of [the Virtual Era] approach, Dell’s networking philosophy drives performance that can radically reduce costs by significantly streamlining operations. Force10 solutions provide enterprise performance and resiliency while reducing overall total cost of ownership (TCO), simplifying network deployment, and supporting open, standards-based systems and management solutions,” the Dell statement reads.
Dell also intends to put its management technology to use orchestrating server, storage and network resources in physical, virtual and other environments. The acquisition, which many industry watchers assumed would be of Brocade and not Force10, would put Dell in closer competition with the likes of HP and Cisco – both of which are working toward providing complete data center solutions.
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