Dell Acquires Force10, Enters Data Centre Networking Arena

Computer maker Dell has moved to acquire networking services provider Force10, enabling it to offer all-in-one data centres with server, storage and networking technology.

Force10 is a privately owned Ethernet based networking solutions provider which was planning to file for an initial public offering before it was picked up by Dell. The financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The company has operations in around 60 countries and rakes in $200 million in revenue every year, most of which comes from its operations in North America. Force 10 has more than 1,300 customers including most of the Fortune 100 businesses.

According The Register, the company’s offerings are based on the Open Cloud Networking technology and it recently launched a 40Gbps Ethernet switch.

“Today’s datacenter networks are too complex and require too much manual intervention. What worked in the past is no longer viable in the virtual era,” said Brad Anderson, senior vice president, Enterprise Solutions Group, Dell.

“Dell’s approach of offering customers open, capable and affordable solutions aligns with Force10’s approach to offering customers new levels of flexibility, performance, scale and automation which is fundamental to changing the economics of datacenter networking.” he added.