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Dell reveals its storage roadmap, acquisition integration plans

Lucas Mearian, Computerworld | March 17, 2011
Over the last year, Dell acquired clustered storage vendor Exanet, data compression vendor Ocarina and SAN vendor Compellent. Those latest acquisitions add layers on top of Dell's buyout of midrange storage vendor EqualLogic.

Dell is looking to compete against top file storage vendors such as EMC, which recently purchased Isilon and its clustered NAS, NetApp with its Data ONTAP GX operating system, and Hewlett-Packard, which is working on integrating its 2009 acquisition of clustered file vendor Ibrix with its the StorageWorks division.

Dell has done a good job in filling out its portfolio of storage products with its acquisitions over the past four years, Babineau said.

"The really glaring hole from a storage system perspective is a purpose-built solution for data protection," Babineau said. "Something like a Data Domain system. Will they be able to make Ocarina, Compellent and EqualLogic optimized for backup workloads?" Dell made


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