Dell is doubling down on the cloud. On Tuesday, the computer maker announced that it will buy cloud-computing services company Boomi. Terms were not disclosed.
Boomi is a software-as-a-service integration company. It says it offers “the industry’s only pure SaaS application-integration platform that takes the cost and complexity out of integrating applications by allowing easy transfer of data between cloud-based and on-premise applications” without requiring software coding.
‘No. 1 Integration Cloud’
Dell is already involved in cloud computing through such efforts as its Dell Services Cloud and an alliance with Microsoft to offer a branded version of its Azure platform appliance.
Last year, Dell bought Perot Systems, founded by Ross Perot, for $3.9 billion. Perot Systems provides what it described as “a full range of cost-containment solutions” and became the core piece of the new Dell services unit. Earlier in 2010, Dell lost a bid to Hewlett-Packard for 3PAR, a storage company that would have been a strategic addition to Dell’s cloud-computing portfolio.
Boomi says it processes “millions of transactions” each month, and has completed “tens of thousands of cloud integrations” for a wide variety of clients. The company said its AtomSphere is the “industry’s No. 1 integration cloud,” and it cited recent awards, including the 2010 SIIA CODiE for Best Application Integration Solution, the Always OnDemand Top 100, and others.
The Berwyn, Pa.-based Boomi has a variety of high-profile clients, including Salesforce CRM. Its technology is also used in marketing, financial management, content management, service-desk management, and human resources. Dell is a partner to Salesforce.com.
Cloud Services Sprouting Up
Steve Felice, president of Dell Consumer, Small and Medium Business, said his company “helped accelerate the move to client-server-based computing” 26 years ago, and it’s attempting a “similar transformation” today by helping customers use cloud-based computing to keep costs down.
Boomi CEO and President Bob Moul told news…