Dell ac­quires soft­ware maker Sca­lent for data ser­vices push

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS AND PERSONAL FINANCE -

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.

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