Dell to Buy Boomi for Cloud Integration Platform

In its first acquisition since losing out on the 3PAR bidding war with HP, Dell today announced it has agreed to acquire Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) integration software vendor Boomi for an undisclosed sum.

Boomi’s AtomSphere technology connects applications to the cloud by allowing for the transfer of data between cloud-based and on-premise applications without hardware appliances, software or coding.

In a press release, Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) said the acquisition of Boomi is another step towards building “a technology portfolio for growing businesses seeking the benefits of Web-based computing while addressing one of the top barriers to cloud adoption – managing and integrating cloud-based applications with existing applications and databases.”

Boomi recently released three new offerings for the cloud, including a cloud-based, real-time integration broker, a “trust site” for integration, and a so-called suggest engine for automating the data mapping process when building integrations. Boomi Suggest mines the collective knowledge of the Boomi community to make mapping suggestions.

Steve Felice, president, Dell Consumer, Small and Medium Business, said “Twenty-six years ago we helped accelerate the move to client-server computing; today we’ll help drive a similar transformation with customers turning to the cloud to drive costs down and innovation up.”

Prior to the Your Text
Boomi announcement, Initial rumors pegged Web-hosting specialist and cloud provider Rackspace as the apple of Dell’s acquisition eye, while some speculated that Dell would gobble up its partner Caringo.

Dell has been selling Caringo’s technology since March of this year as the Dell DX Cluster Services Node (DX6000). Caringo’s latest platform release, CAStor 5.0, includes named objects, multi-tenancy, dynamic caching, and remote data replication. The improvements fleshed out the CAStor platform, making it suitable for private cloud storage deployments.

relented in its tug of war with HP over 3PAR last September when HP (NYSE: HPQ) put a blockbuster $33 per share, $2.4 billion proposal on the table. Dell pulled out of the talks, a move that caused many in the industry to question Dell’s strategy and strength as a player in the enterprise storage market.

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Kevin Komiega
Kevin Komiega is an Enterprise Storage Forum contributor.

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