VMware says it's acquiring storage-virtualization provider Virsto to expand its data-center storage-virtualizaton capabilities. For users, it could mean a 70% decrease in storage-per-desktop costs, the company said.
Lenovo and VMware say they will team up on a software-defined data-center initiative focused on improving hybrid-cloud services, server infrastructure, network virtualization, automation and end-user performance. The partnership is a continuation of VMware's and IBM's System x alliance.
Fusion-io says it's buying ID7, maker of the SCST Linux storage technology, to advance its software-defined-storage strategy and its intentions to build software for an all-flash data-center environment. The two companies have collaborated on open-source and commercial SCST subsystems in the past.
Cloud computing and software-as-a-service companies are in demand for mergers and acquisitions these days, says an Ernst & Young report that notes that such deals accounted for more than 15% of worldwide technology acquisitions last year. Analytics-related and Big Data transactions also increased in 2012, the report says.
Dell is buying server virtualizaton-management player Scalent and will integrate the vendor's infrastructure management software into Advanced Infrastructure Manager, a data-center software package. Scalent's is compatible with VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors.
Vendors in the data-center-infrastructure business have announced a flurry of partnerships lately, including a joint project involving Cisco, EMC and VMware. Software and hardware makers are trying to blend their storage, networking and computing technologies to make the data center operate "like a giant computer," Stacey Higginbotham writes. The industry could eventually become divided between two approaches that become the data-center equivalent of the "Mac vs. PC fight," she writes.