Dell acquires Enstratius to complement, bolster enterprise cloud offering

Summary:The PC making giant continues to push forward its cloud services portfolio by acquiring an award-winning hybrid cloud and single-cloud management software firm.

Dell announced on Monday it will acquire Enstratius, an enterprise cloud management software firm, for an undisclosed amount. 

Founded in 2008, Enstratius offers cloud management services to hybrid and single-cloud customers as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering that sits either as a hosted service or within the network. By embracing a "cloud agnostic" platform, the technology works with both Dell and non-Dell customers, including OpenStack, Microsoft's Azure, Amazon Web Services, VMware and Rackspace, just to name a few.

The firm's software cloud management capabilities allow administrators and IT staff to quickly and easily deploy multi-component applications across one or multiple clouds. 

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Dell said it will retain Enstratius' staff and continue to invest in its engineering and sales divisions to help grow the business.

Dell said that the Enstratius buy will complement its recent Gale Technologies acquisition in November 2012. The acquisition turned Gale into the Active System Manager (ASM), which helped form part of Dell's Enterprise Systems and Services group.

The PC maker said that Enstratius and what was Gale will complement each other by "providing enhanced multi-cloud management and application configuration capabilities and integrates converged offerings with cloud systems management." 

Enstratius chief executive David Bagley said he and the company was "excited" to join Dell, adding that the two firms will work together to: "create new opportunities for organizations to accelerate application and IT service delivery across on-premises data centers and private clouds, combined with off-premises public cloud solutions."

All in all, Dell's enterprise and cloud portfolio is starting to shape up well.

Dell's enterprise unit, part of its wider Enterprise Solutions Group, will continue to focus on creating datacentre management applications and services for its cloud-using customers. 

Dell did not state when the deal was expected to close, or whether the deal was subject to regulatory scrutiny.

Topics: Dell, Cloud, Networking


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