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Analysis: Dell gets datacentre networks with Force10

Dell is broadening its portfolio as part of its bid to join Cisco, HP, and IBM et al as a major supplier of a top-to-bottom (or end-to-end as Cisco calls it) supplier to the datacentre, with the acquisition of Force10 Networks, a datacentre switch vendor.After Dell's acquisition of Perot Data Systems in 2009, which brought consultancy services, this move upmarket started in February 2010 with the acquisition of Kace, a small manufacturer of systems management boxes.

July 20, 2011 by

Deconstructing IBM's smart building software bet

It has begun: The strategic consolidation of the energy and carbon management software category got its first high-profile example this week in the form of IBM's proposed acquisition of Las Vegas-based TRIRIGA.With literally dozens if not hundreds of smaller software developers innovating in this burgeoning applications category, it is not surprising that IBM is staking its claim early -- especially to supplement its aspirations in the smart building sector.

March 22, 2011 by

Hewlett-Packard is the PC leader and has a wide range of business ranging from printing to software to enterprise servers. HP also is a major services player via the acquisition of EDS. HP's primary rival is IBM and CEO Mark Hurd aims to sell customers an entire stack of hardware, software and services. To Hurd, scale and efficiency is everything.

June 2, 2010 by

IBM to build out hub for cloud of clouds with Cast Iron acquisition

IBM needs to make sure the core value of integration, a mainstay of its WebSphere brands, does not slide up and out of the enterprises data center and then become controlled then by the likes of cloud leaders Google, Microsoft, Amazon and I guess we can think of Cast Iron as a way to bring WebSphere to cloud integrations.

May 3, 2010 by

IBM and HP are in a duel to be the favored enterprise server provider, but there are many other players to keep things interesting. For instance, Dell is a solid No. 3 and Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems should keep the server market interesting. Cisco also aims to be a server player. A recent trend: Creating application optimized servers.

April 14, 2010 by

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has remade the company via acquisitions. Oracle has acquired a bevy of companies such as Siebel Systems, PeopleSoft, BEA Systems and others to become a significant applications player. Meanwhile, Oracle remains the database leader and displays strength in middleware. Oracle's next frontier: Hardware. The acquisition of Sun Microsystems could position Oracle as "T.J. Watson's IBM" or be a big headache.

April 14, 2010 by

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