announced Thursday that it has signed an agreement to acquire Scalent 
, a private company that provides software that makes data center infrastructure dynamic, easily scalable and highly efficient. Dell will integrate Scalent technology into its Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) solution. Dell expects to complete the acquisition in its second fiscal quarter.
Dell AIM simplifies data center management by enabling a single administrator to dynamically allocate compute, storage and network resources for physical and virtual application workloads. This solution enables administrators to make changes to infrastructure without the need for physical server, cable or storage area network changes that could disrupt service. Dell AIM works with industry-standard servers, Ethernet switches and Fibre Channel switches, allowing customers to transition quickly to a highly-dynamic data center using existing infrastructure investments.
‘Critical Building Block
“Scalent provides a critical building block for our Virtual Integrated System, the most open, capable and affordable converged infrastructure solution available,” said Brad Anderson, Dell senior vice president, Enterprise Product Group. “This acquisition will solidify an important component of our enterprise solution portfolio. We know that Scalent software, in combination with Dell servers, storage and network platforms, provide increased efficiency and value for our customers. Scalent’s open architecture is an example of Dell’s ongoing commitment to provide customers with solutions that don’t lock them into proprietary hardware or gateways.”
“Scalent brings an open, software-based approach to managing virtual infrastructure,” said Benjamin Linder, CEO of Scalent. “We are very excited about bringing our talented team of professionals into Dell and look forward to Dell’s investment into accelerating our innovation curve.”
Dell’s new solutions and flexible services free customers to capitalize on the “Virtual Era” of the technology industry and realize new levels of efficiency, with a goal of reducing data management costs by up to 50 percent and making room in budgets for the strategic investments they need to make now.
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