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Dell Buys Cloud Management Company Enstratius

Terms of the deal were not disclosed

Dell - while it's trying to go private - is apparently also going full-tilt at this cloud thing trying to diversify out of PCs because it's just bought a respected infrastructure management start-up called Enstratius.

Born Enstratus Networks, Enstratius has a platform that's supposed to be a unified way of managing single or multiple clouds.

It's said to support more than 20 public and private cloud platforms, including OpenStack, VMware, Rackspace, Amazon Web Services and Windows Azure. It also supposed to be easy to add more clouds.

It's meant to help organizations manage applications across private, public and hybrid clouds by supplying automated application provisioning and scaling, application configuration management, usage governance, and cloud utilization monitoring.

It competes with RightScale and Scair.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The five-year-old Enstratius, which just changed its name in March, took in a $3.5 million A round in November of 2011 from El Dorado Ventures and Vesbridge Partners.

Dell figures Enstratius enhances its end-to-end strategy. The widgetry can be had as self-service Software-as-a-Service or as on-premises software, enabling control from within a customer's data center or via a hosted service.

The cloud-agnostic design and management tools create and deploy multi-component applications across one or more clouds that are not necessarily Dell clouds. It also supports configuration management tools such as Chef and Puppet.

Dell says cloud management is a key strategic priority "given customers' rapid adoption of cloud-based applications and the compelling array of cloud deployment models."

The widgetry, which is reportedly strong on governance and DevOps, is supposed to complement the capability Dell recently acquired from Gale Technologies, now Active System Manager (ASM), by providing enhanced multi-cloud management and application configuration capabilities.

Enstratius also builds on Dell's software portfolio, which includes Foglight performance monitoring, Quest ONE identity and access management, the Boomi integration platform, and data protection offerings such as AppAssure and NetVault and creates a stronger systems management portfolio. Presumably this stuff is Dell's future.

It intends to keep Enstratius' people, who are influential in cloud thinking, and invest in additional engineering and sales capabilities to grow the business. The company is based in Minneapolis with offices in New Zealand and Scotland.

Enstratius spun out of marketing software maker Valtira. Its base cloud management technology was developed by Valtira in support of its cloud operations.

Enstratius then spun off part of its intellectual property as an open source project called Dasein Cloud under the Apache license. According to Wikipedia, Dasein Cloud is the Java abstraction API that Enstratius uses to talk to the clouds it supports. The project is currently hosted at Github.

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