Dell, just like its long-time competitor Hewlett-Packard, is ticking its game up a notch in the enterprise space as its consumer business starts to show signs of decline. Networking is one of the areas the hardware giant has ventured into, notably with the acquisition of Force10 back in August. Now Dell is looking to integrate Force10’s technology with its own, rolling out new products. This is why it’s going to double the scale of its newly incorporated subsidiary in terms of staff, R&D and marketing.
“In India, for example, the company plans to double over the next 12 to 18 months the number of staff working on R&D around the Force10 products from the current total of about 265 engineers,” reports PCWorld.
The center in Chennai in south India came to Dell as a result of the acquisition. It will now also work on integration of the Force10 products with Dell’s other products.”
Specifically, Force10’s products will be integrated into the PowerConnect product lineup, and the plan for the FTOS OS the firm developed is that it will power all the offerings mentioned above, says Dario Zamarian, VP and general manager of Dell Networking. When it comes to networking, Zamarian elaborated that Dell won’t be investing too much in Fibre Channel (it teamed up with Brocade for that), but rather in other areas not related to switching such as networking security, wireless LAN etc.
There were some rumors floating around earlier this year that Dell wanted to buy Brocade, but it ended up buying Force10 instead. Alex Williams wrote on the four main reasons the hardware company decided to do that; a list that includes creditability, the fact that’s it was a midsize company (Dell’s favorite type of buyout targets) and that Force10’s tech ties in well with its cloud plans, among other.