Dell has agreed to buy Force10 Networks, bringing in the final piece needed for Dell to provide a complete IT stack.
The purchase of the San Jose, California-based networking specialist was announced on Wednesday. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. It is expected to close in late summer, subject to customary closing conditions.
Once the deal is completed, Dell will be able to sell networking hardware alongside its servers and the storage portfolio it has built up by buying Compellent and EqualLogic.
"We think Force10 Networks is a great fit to our stated strategy of offering open, capable and affordable solutions as their technology enables enterprise performance and resiliency," Dell wrote in a statement. "The addition of networking is a natural complement to Dell's server strength."
With the buy, Dell joins HP and Oracle as a single source supplier of servers, storage and networking technology. Cisco has its Unified Computing System that converges servers and networking, but it is yet to demonstrate a credible storage portfolio. Cisco offers storage via a tie-up with EMC as part of the Virtual Computing Environment coalition.