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Dell completes EqualLogic acquisition

Posted: 30 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SAN solution  buyout  acquisition 

Dell has completed its Rs.5,526.97 crore ($1.4 billion) acquisition of SAN solutions provider EqualLogic.

The PC manufacturer plans to preserve and build on EqualLogic's channel program in addition to offering products directly from Dell. Current EqualLogic partners will be enrolled into PartnerDirect and eligible for Dell's newest certification—Enterprise Architecture.

Dell modeled its certification requirements and benefits on EqualLogic's channel program and included access to Dell's full server and storage product lines.

In addition to standard benefits offered through PartnerDirect—deal registration, pre- and post-sale support, partner financing and access to Dell's partner e-commerce site—partners certified in Enterprise Architecture will be able to take advantage of:

  • Free training for proficiency in Dell's full enterprise product line, as well as EqualLogic;

  • EqualLogic's same competitive pricing model; and

  • Lead generation and marketing incentive funds.

    "Virtualisation and iSCSI are two keys to simplifying IT," said Michael Dell, chairman and CEO, Dell. "Enterprises are creating data and consuming power at an exponential rate, driving up IT cost and complexity. Together with our PartnerDirect channel, we'll use iSCSI and virtualisation to make storing and processing data easier and more affordable for our customers."

    "Customers face extreme challenges with data growth," said Darren Thomas, VP and general manager, Dell storage. "Their ideal solution is secure storage that uses existing infrastructure, installs in minutes not days, manages itself, grows easily as needs increase and plugs into the virtualised IT ecosystem. That's EqualLogic. And that's the incredible value we will deliver to customers."

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