Dell forays into cloud computing, acquires Enstratius

Dell has recently announced its acquisition of Enstratius, an enterprise cloud management provider, which delivers single and multi-cloud management capabilities. The terms of the acquisition has not been disclosed yet, but Dell has confirmed that it is going to keep Enstratius’s employees, with some additional engineering and sales capabilities, to grow business.

Enstratius, is a leading cloud management startup which was listed as ‘most innovative startup’ by Gartner in 2011. With Dell adding Enstratius on-board, the company has take a crucial step to provide end-to-end cloud solutions. “Dell, together with Enstratius, is uniquely positioned to deliver differentiated, complete cloud-management solutions to enterprise customers, large and small, empowering them with the efficiency and flexibility in the allocation and use of resources.” said Tom Kendra, vice president and general manager, systems management, Dell Software.

Enstratius was founded in 2008 with its headquarters in Minneapolis. Its multi-channel architecture is available as software-as-a-service (SAAS) or as on-premises software. The company supports over 20 cloud based platforms, including OpenStack, Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and Windows Azure with a flexibility to add more clouds.

For months now, Dell was trying to go private. Its founder, Michael Dell was trying to seek majority control of Dell, .inc in a buyout. The intention was to bring company’s focus from being a niche PC maker to a more enterprise company. The recent acquisition seems to be the an effective step by Dell to foray into cloud computing where it will compete with big names like IBM.