Dell enters networking game

 

Another battlefront for Cisco and HP.

Dell has put to rest rumours that it was in pursuit of Brocade by offering to buy a rival networking firm Force10 Networks.

Details of the offer weren't disclosed; however, Force10's technology was expected to give Dell a leg-up into “high performance datacentre networking”, Dell said today.

Dell’s move into networking was likely to intensify pressure on Cisco, which announced a 6,500 headcount reduction plan and sold off its Mexican plant this week.

Force10 had been seeking to have an initial public offering (IPO) since March last year in a bid to raise capital.

Gartner had in 2004 placed Force10 in its “visionary” quadrant, but it was dropped in 2009 because it no longer met the ranking system’s revenue requirements. 

Dell pointed out Force10 was a nearly $200-million company, based on “trailing 12 months revenue”, predominantly from North America, but it has operations in 60 countries, including Australian distribution.

The high-end local area networking company teamed up with Distribution Central for its 2007 Australian entry. 

Dell said it was "committed to maintaining and growing Force10’s channel program."

The key value of Force10‘s networking gear, according to a Dow Jones Investment Banker profile in March, were its higher-density switches, which allow more servers to connect to it, thus simplifying architecture.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


Dell enters networking game
 
 
 
Top Stories
Toll Group to go Google
Poaches Woolworths project manager.
 
How News Corp's CIO tackled skills in his race to the cloud
What to do when your team’s talents are no longer needed.
 
Photos: How Thodey transformed Telstra
From turbulent Trujillo to Australia's leading telco.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  35%
 
Your insurance company
  5%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  9%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  8%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  4%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  18%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  15%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  7%
TOTAL VOTES: 3974

Vote
Do you support the abolition of the Office of the Information Commissioner?

   |   View results
I support shutting down the OAIC.
  27%
 
I DON'T support shutting the OAIC.
  73%
TOTAL VOTES: 1356

Vote