The vast majority of Dell's business remains PC- and hardware-related. Dell has acquired networking, storage and software companies in recent months. But Dell's most interesting cloud effort today involves Dell Boomi, which includes a range of cloud and SaaS integration services.
Imagine the following scenarios involving Dell and its channel partners leveraging Quest Software's:
- virtualization tools to help customers migrate from physical servers to virtual servers.
- IT management and data protection tools to bolster on-premises system performance.
- migration services, coupled with Dell Boomi, to link on-premises applications with public and private cloud applications.
Dell declined to comment to BloombergBusinessWeek about the alleged Dell-Quest Software acquisition discussions. Also, Quest Software declined to comment about the speculation in an email to Talkin' Cloud's sister site, MSPmentor.