Dell Purchases Twin Cities Tech Co. Enstratius
Dell, Inc., said Monday that it acquired Enstratius, a Minneapolis-based cloud-management software and services provider for an undisclosed sum.
Enstratius helps businesses manage multiple cloud applications, either by providing control within a customer’s data center or via a hosted service. The company attempts to simplify cloud-computing management with a self-service catalogue and design tools.
“As enterprises increase their use of public, private, and hybrid clouds, the need for controls, security, governance, and automation becomes more critical,” Tom Kendra, vice president and general manager of systems management at Dell, said in a statement.
According to a Dell spokesman, Dell plans to retain all of Enstratius’ approximately 40 employees and will continue investing in Enstratius’ engineering and sales capabilities. Dell will also retain Enstratius’ single office in Minneapolis, and Enstratius will be folded into the Dell Software Group and operate as Dell Enstratius.
Enstratius currently supports more than 20 public and private cloud platforms, including OpenStack, Amazon Web Services, and Windows Azure. The company describes itself as “cloud agnostic,” meaning it is generalized so that it can operate with various systems, which allows clients choose from a wide variety of cloud providers, including both Dell and non-Dell clouds.
“Enstratius and Dell create new opportunities for organizations to accelerate application and IT service delivery across on-premises data centers and private clouds, combined with off-premises public cloud solutions,” David Bagley, CEO of Enstratius, said in a statement.
Enstratius was founded in 2008 as Enstratus Networks. It was recently recognized as one of the top 20 coolest cloud platforms in 2012 by tech magazine CRN.
In February 2011, Dell acquired another Minnesota company, data-storage firm Compellent Technologies in Eden Prairie, for about $940 million. Dell has about 110,000 employees globally, with about 40,000 in the United States.