Dell to Acquire Force10 Networks

Server vendor looking to ramp up its networking technologies.

Dell Wednesday announced its intentions to acquire for an undisclosed sum Force10 Networks, a maker of Ethernet data center networking products.

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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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Denise Dubie (@DDubie) is Principal of Strategic Content in CA Technologies Thought Leadership Group. She is charged with creating content relevant to today’s most pressing technology and business trends for industry leaders and IT professionals. Prior to joining the company in 2010, Dubie spent 12 years of her career at Network World, an IDG company, covering the IT management industry and all of its players (including CA Technologies and its competitors) as well as high-tech careers, technology trends and vendors such as Cisco, HP, IBM and Microsoft. As Senior Editor at Network World, Dubie also authored the publication's twice-weekly Network and Systems Management Alert newsletter and contributed to the Web site's Microsoft Subnet blog. Before IDG, she served as Assistant Managing Editor at Application Development Trends, managing writers and the monthly publication's production process. Dubie started her professional journalism career as a Staff Writer/Reporter at The Transcript, a small daily paper in Western Massachusetts.
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