Dell completes acquisition of Force10 Networks

Dell announced it has finalized its acquisition of Force10 Networks, a leader in high-performance data center networking.

The Force10 acquisition is Dell’s latest investment to broaden its networking portfolio to deliver its Virtual Network Services Infrastructure. Dell expects the transaction to be accretive to earnings in the second half of next year.

Dell has taken significant steps over the past three years to expand its enterprise
presence as a complete solutions provider. In addition to strategic
acquisitions, such as Force10, Dell expects to hire several hundred new team
members in engineering, sales and marketing, and services jobs at the Dell
Silicon Valley R&D Center.

Dell recognizes that the network infrastructure to deliver applications or information is critical, regardless of location or end point device. Dell sees the data center as the focal point and its network must be transformed into a streamlined, efficient, and policy-driven network that is responsive to changing applications and end-user demands.

Dell with Force10 is a global technology leader in data center networking for service provider and enterprise customers. Force10’s Open Cloud Networking based on open standards, automation and virtualization matches Dell’s philosophy.

Dell Force10’s technology allows customers to transform
network infrastructures into an open, reliable and scalable data center and
cloud computing fabric.

Force10’s technology is a natural complement to Dell’s
existing data center strategy and enables a strong solution alignment with
Dell’s server, storage and systems management portfolio.

With the combination of Force10 and Dell’s current PowerConnect portfolio, the company now offers a comprehensive switching strategy for data center, enterprise and campus/branch environments.

As with past acquisitions of Compellent and EqualLogic, Dell is committed to maintaining and growing the existing Force10 channel program.

Dell Force10’s customers include leading Web 2.0 and Fortune 100 companies, Internet portals, global carriers, leading research laboratories and government organizations with some of the world’s most demanding network environments.

Data center networking is going through a significant transformation to support applications and virtualization and meet the needs of end users and IT administrators. Simply put, customers need a new approach, which is what we are calling Virtual Network Services Infrastructure,” said Dario Zamarian, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking.

Recently, Dell announced new Dell EqualLogic storage solutions and supporting software to help customers address the data management needs of increasingly dynamic, virtualized data centers.

The company also released details of new integration across its storage portfolio with the forthcoming VMware vSphere 5 virtualization and cloud infrastructure platform.

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