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Dell is planning to boost its storage product family with the acquisition of 3Par, a company that specialises in thin provisioning, which enables IT managers to allocate only the storage they use, rather than allocate storage that remains empty.

Dell said the 3Par acquisition will enable it to reduce overall data management costs by 50%, lower storage administration costs by up to 90% and infrastructure costs by up to 75%.

With the $1.5bn acquisition Dell aims to boost its storage portfolio, which comprises PowerVault, EqualLogic and Dell/EMC products.

Dell said the 3Par technology provides a multi-tenant, clustered architecture, which could be deployed to allow IT departments to deliver software and hardware as a service.

Hamish Macarthur, founder of analyst Macarthur Stroud, said, "Dell looks like it is loosening its ties with EMC. 3Par was previously an EMC competitor, particularly against its Clariion range."

He added that it was likely Dell would continue to resell EMC products, but would also offer also aggressively priced enterprise storage based on 3Par.

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