Infotech Lead Asia: Both Dell and Cisco are strengthening their data center presence by buying Gale Technologies and Cloupia, respectively.
The $125 million acquisition of Cloupia, a software company, will enable Cisco to develop innovative data center, virtualization and cloud technologies, while also cultivating top talent. Cisco will integrate Cloupia employees into Cisco’s Data Center Group.
Dell’s acquisition of Gale Technologies, a provider of infrastructure automation, is also in the right direction.
Gale Technologies’ software allows organizations to streamline the deployment of on-premise and hybrid clouds for self-service access to infrastructure.
Moreover, Dell announced the formation of its Enterprise Systems & Solutions organization focused on the delivery of converged and enterprise workload topologies and solutions in alignment with Dell’s Enterprise vision.
Dell Enterprise Solutions and Services revenue grew 3 percent year over year to $4.8 billion in the third quarter.
Cloupia’s infrastructure management software enhances Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus switching portfolio. When combined with Cisco UCS Manager, Cloupia allows enterprises and service providers to manage pools of computing power, network services, storage and virtual machines as a unified whole in order to deploy and deliver IT services more rapidly and at lower costs.
“Cisco’s data center strategy is based on the premise of making it easier for customers to deploy a unified and integrated infrastructure that is efficient, fast, and flexible,” said David Yen, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Data Center Business Group.
Gale Technologies’ solutions are complementary to Dell’s enterprise approach in that they provide cost-effective management and orchestration tools that are easy to deploy and customize in both homogeneous and heterogeneous IT environments. This approach allows customers to extend their current IT investments to capitalize on new IT models.
Dell has taken significant steps to expand its enterprise solutions portfolio to help IT organizations more rapidly respond to business demands, improve efficiency, and strengthen IT services quality. In its 3rd fiscal quarter, Dell’s server and networking business grew 11 percent year-over-year.
Dell was the only server provider among the top three to have positive unit growth in the quarter and expects Gale Technologies to benefit from that reach.
Through the acquisition and development of its own IP, Dell has built a set of unique assets to deliver the scalable IT infrastructure of the future based on standardized technologies. The addition of Gale Technologies will help accelerate the momentum of Dell’s converged infrastructure family, Active Infrastructure, and extend development of additional integrated enterprise solutions.
Marius Haas, president, Dell Enterprise Solutions Group, 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.”