Dell Acquires 3PAR: Virtualization Meets Storage
As the IT industry prepares for VMworld (San Francisco, Aug. 30-Sept. 2), major technology companies continue to pump money into virtualization-related efforts. The latest example: Dell has acquired 3PAR for $1.15 billion in order to gain “Virtualization-Optimized Storage” capabilities with an eye on capitalizing on reducing data management costs. Here’s the details…
3PAR’s claim to fame is a command of virtualized utility storage. Overall, 3PAR claims they can reduce storage costs up to 90% with infrastructure costs up to 75% via a clustered architecture and storage arrays. Dell describes 3PAR’s technology as a utility allowing customers to “pay for only the capacity and performance they need, and only when they use it.”
For Dell, it’s another notch on the belt with their existing portfolio of PowerVault and EqualLogic lines, and a partnership with EMC.
Meanwhile, Dell is assigning more resources to KACE, a systems management company that Dell acquired in early 2010. As part of that effort, Dell has hired an Ubuntu and Canonical veteran to help bolster KACE marketing.