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Dell Beefs Up Cloud Line Thru Gale Technologies Buys

Gale offers Dell a better, more refined converged infrastructure automation solution.

Dell has been tearing through 2012 with a number of moves in the virtualization and cloud space, including the midsummer acquisition of management tools company Quest Software. Today's announcement that it acquired Gale Technologies is evidence that Dell will be ready to tout a full line of cloud wares at enterprises looking to implement on-premise and hybrid clouds. Terms of the transaction are unknown.

Gale Technologies has a solutions line, GaleForce, that automates and orchestrates accessibility to infrastructure, particularly in a self-service scenario. Also a part of the line is Cloud Scheduler, a virtual appliance that provides the self-service component for cloud creation and provisioning.

A result of the acquisition is that Dell will create a new division, Enterprise Systems & Solutions, which will slide into Dell's Enterprise Solutions Group. Dell Networking vice president and general manager, Dario Zamarian, will lead that division. Although not mentioned in the press release, it's expected that Gale's workforce will be absorbed into that group.

Dell will also incorporate some of Gale's expertise into Dell's Active Infrastructure converged infrastructure solutions, as well as Active System Manager, an IaaS-based administrative tool. Active System Manager itself is deployed on Dell vStart boxes to automate and orchestrate apps and VDI and private clouds running under VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V.

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Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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