Dell has purchased Gale Technologies, a specialist in datacentre management and cloud creation, in a move that bolsters the hardware giant's ambitions to become an enterprise services provider.
The acquisition was announced by Dell on Friday. Alongside this, the company said it is forming an Enterprise Systems and Solutions group, which will help with its strategy.
Santa Clara, California-based Gale Technologies was founded in 2008 and has two main products: GaleForce, which manages and automates datacentre infrastructure; and Cloud Scheduler, which helps administrators provision, monitor and improve the efficiency with which virtualised equipment works.
These products will bolster Dell's cloud management portfolio, the Round Rock, Texas-based company said.
"Gale Technologies integrates well with our Active Infrastructure family, and provides an intuitive, flexible and comprehensive foundation for application, virtual desktop infrastructure and private cloud deployments for our customers," Marius Haas, head of enterprise at Dell, said in a statement.
The purchase, combined with the new unit, moves Dell further on its journey to become an enterprise services company rather than one known mostly for its hardware.
The seeds for this transition were sown a year ago at the company's inaugural Dell World conference in Austin, Texas, where chief executive Michael Dell outlined its plans.
This strategy bears similarities IBM's shift over the past couple of decades, during which the company has shied away from easy-to-commoditise hardware and moved further into software and services.
However, unlike IBM, Dell remains committed to its personal computer division. The only other major company that has tried to shift into being a services-led organisation while continuing to make low-end hardware is HP, which is beset by wide-ranging problems with a turnaround unlikely to happen for years.
Given this, Dell's new Enterprise Systems and Solutions unit, part of the overall Dell Enterprise Solutions Group, will focus on creating bespoke datacentre infrastructure templates for customers. These will help the company sell a combination of hardware and software into modern datacentres.