Well, I’m back from holiday and my internet connection was almost non-existent there but last week I heard about the last good shot from DELL in the storage world, they are buying one of the best and innovative enterprise storage vendors: 3Par!
As I already said in the recent past, Dell’s acquisitions strategy is going very well, they are doing a good job filling the gaps in their offer, and I hope they will continue this way!
IMHO, I think that Brocade and CommVault will be two (very good) targets to complete the hardware stack and to start to offer their own data protection/archiving software. (I say this because, as a Dell enterprise partner, I’m a little bit biased, 😉 )
On the other hand this last move fuels other doubts about the Dell-EMC partnership: now Dell has all the products it need in house, often technically better products. So why sell EMC? In the past 3Par suffered the competition coming from EMC (mostly due to the price, not features) but things will change now because Dell can offer an end-to-end solution from storage to services and, we must stress, every Perot outsourcing project from now on, will be delivered directly making the most of 3Par or Equallogic instead of EMC.
So Dell has officially taken a front row seat among the storage big enterprise vendors. Now I’m very curious to know what we will happen from now up to the end of the year.

BTW, you can find first reactions from EMC (@chuckhollis) and 3Par (@3parfarley) bloggers here.

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