Dell has entered into an agreement to acquire SAN vendor EqualLogic for US$1.4 billion (NZ$1.79 billion).
EqualLogic sells iSCSI (Internet Small Computer System Interface) SAN products optimised for virtualisation. The acquisition will strengthen Dell's efforts to simplify and virtualise IT for its customers, according to Dell.
Internet SCSI allows for SCSI commands and storage traffic to occur over existing IP networks, which can lead to lower costs, easier maintenance and simpler management, according to proponents. Many iSCSI products are targeted toward small and medium-sized businesses.
Customers will have to deal with the "largest increase in data we have seen in our history" during the next several years, according to Michael Dell, the company's chairman and CEO.