Dell grows enterprise storage business with $1.15B 3PAR acquisition

Dell on Monday announced it will be acquiring virtualized storage company 3PAR for $1.5 billion to grow its storage portfolio and complement its PowerVault, EqualLogic, and EMC-licensed solutions.

3PAR's claim to fame is its unique approach to storage architecture. The company provides what it claims is the hypervisor of storage utilization, or "the only virtualized storage platform built to overcome the limitations of traditional monolithic and modular arrays." 3PAR's technology will round out Dell's offerings for enterprise storage to include directly attached storage or clustered storage area network solutions.

"We have aligned our storage offerings over the last several years to provide our customers choice and value," said Brad Anderson, Dell senior vice president, Enterprise Product Group. "3PAR brings the same values of performance, agility and ease-of-use to higher end, virtualized storage deployments as EqualLogic does for the entry-level and mid-range, rounding out our industry-leading solutions portfolio."

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