Dell expands its networking portfolio with Force10 Networks

Dell is set to acquire Force10, a company that makes networking equipment for data centres; and more news in brief.

Dell adds Force10 to networking portfolio
Dell has agreed to acquire Force10 Networks, which makes networking equipment for data centres.

Force10’s enterprise networking offerings will help Dell provide a wider range of data centre products and compete with Cisco Systems Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. in the converged infrastructure market, the company said.

Dell did not disclose the terms of the deal, which will close later this year, pending approval by both companies’ boards.

Citrix buys to boost cloud offerings
Citrix Systems has acquired, the open source cloud platform provider. Citrix said the acquisition will allow the company to offer end-to-end cloud services, including virtualisation, orchestration and networking. supports VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer and open source Xen, and Citrix will add support for Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center as well. The acquisition will also help Citrix support OpenStack, the collaborative open source software project, the company said.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Following the acquisition,’s Christian Reilly became the chief cloud architect in Citrix’s Cloud Platforms product group.

Server virtualisation adoption on the rise
More than a third of all servers (39.4%) within enterprises are virtual, according to, a new online study of virtualisation’s penetration rate by management vendor Veeam.

The study of 544 enterprises in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany also found that the 81.4% already using server virtualisation is planning to increase its use further in the next 12 months. Enterprises identified concerns about reliability (38.8%) and the requirement to invest in additional hardware (37%) as the biggest barriers to increased virtualisation adoption. Other concerns included application performance (32.4%), backup and restoration (32.4%), and management of virtual infrastructures (30.8%).

The V-index calculated the ratio of virtual machines to physical hosts for each enterprise and found that the average is 6.3 to 1. Of those using virtualisation, VMware’s platform was most popular at 84%, followed by Microsoft Hyper-V at 61%.

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