|Dell acquires Force10 Networks|
|Acquisition Overview||Why Force10 Networks||Customer and Partner Benefits|
|Dell completed its acquisition of Force10 Networks, a global technology leader in high-performance data center networking. Dell Force10™ solutions provide enterprise performance and resiliency while reducing overall total cost of ownership, simplifying network deployment and supporting open, standards-based systems and management solutions. Dell’s latest investment broadens its enterprise portfolio to offer customers a complete range of data center products and solutions, while the existing Dell PowerConnect™ line continues to address the campus switching market, focused on enabling anytime and anywhere data access. Dell’s combined networking portfolio delivers a disciplined, strategic approach for the future of data center and campus networking with next-generation architectures, coordinated capabilities and focus on customer efficiency.||Today’s data center networks are complex and manually configured. What worked in the past is no longer viable for future technology. Next-generation data center networks (also known as "fabrics") must enable automation of virtual machine movement across data centers. Dell has taken significant steps over the past 3 years to expand its enterprise presence into a complete solutions provider, including development of an integrated stack of leading server, storage, networking and services resources that help customers streamline operations to reduce IT costs, manage data growth and simplify management. The addition of networking is a natural complement to Dell’s server strength.||Dell Force10 expands our enterprise networking portfolio and capability, which enables us to be able to offer customers a comprehensive end-to-end infrastructure solution across storage, servers and networking. Dell remains committed to providing open, capable and affordable solutions together with our solution partners; current networking technology and solution partners will remain an important component of our global enterprise data center strategy. With continued focus on campus switching, Dell PowerConnect delivers solutions to enable anytime, anywhere secure application and data access.|
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“Data center networking is going through a significant transformation to support applications and virtualization and meet the needs of end users and IT administrators. Simply put, customers need a new approach, which is what we are calling Virtual Network Services Infrastructure. Force10’s history of product innovation and technology leadership in data center networking matches and accelerates our vision.”