Feeds

Dell positioning to acquire Exanet

Circles stricken NAS cluster vendor

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

It is reported and we hear from other sources that Dell is inching closer to buying failed clustered NAS vendor Exanet.

Israeli headquartered Exanet went titsup before Christmas, and a liquidator was appointed to get the best results from selling the company or its assets. A Dell rescue deal had previously been on the cards but it was blocked, according to our sources, by two of the investors behind the company.

The liquidator has been able to take over and a Dell purchase is now being negotiated. The form of purchase is not known and may include either a purchase of the entire company or just its engineering assets and intellectual property.

Essentially the company develops and sells clustered NAS software which it also sells embedded in hardware. It had sales representation in Europe and the US.

Dell sells several NAS products in its NX range, including an EMC Celerra-based NX4. The NX3000 for example, is a Windows Server-powered box with both NAS and iSCSI block access. The obvious home for Exanet inside Dell would be as a clustered NAS engineering centre, with its technology being used to cluster Dell's existing NAS products.

This would give Dell a capability that arch competitor HP is building up with its Ibrix and PolyServe acquisitions. It would be bad news for clustered filer supplier Isilon, as the Exanet technology has a good reputation and having it punted through Dell's channels would boost its appeal enormously.

Exanet has burned through $70m or more of funding and, in the circumstances, we would expect any acquisition price to be a long way south of that. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO
Time to put the storage biz up for sale?
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster
6TB of DRAM, 38TB of SSD flash and 120TB of disk storage
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?
This time we play for ALL the marbles
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.