Dell acquires software maker Scalent for data services push
Dell Inc. agreed to buy Scalent Systems Inc., a maker of information technology software for managing server computers, as the world’s third-largest PC maker pushes to expand sales of data-center products and services. Financial terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed, but Dell said in a statement Thursday that its purchase of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Scalent is expected to close this month.
Dell is seeking to compete with companies such as IBM Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. in the market for complex computer systems and technology services, which are more profitable than desktop and laptop PCs.
Dell CEO Michael Dell told analysts at a meeting in Austin last week that Dell plans to almost double the size of its enterprise computing business to $30 billion by fiscal 2014 from $16 billion last year, in part through acquisitions. “We haven’t ruled out any category” of companies to buy, he said.
Scalent, which is privately held, makes software that lets companies’ IT departments load new software onto server computers and allocate additional servers, storage devices and networking gear to run applications. Dell sells Scalent’s software under its Advanced Infrastructure Manager brand.
Scalent’s nearly 40 employees will be retained, and more salespeople will be hired for its products, said Donna Troy, Dell’s vice president of solutions marketing and sales. Shares of Round Rock-based Dell closed Thursday at $12.03, down 3 cents.