It’s only Tuesday and Dell has already acquired two companies this week. Today Dell said it was buying Clerity Solutions. Clerity helps enterprises re-vamp their software so they can ditch mainframes. It’s a small company based in Chicago, with 70 employees. But it counts some big financial institutions as customers, Dell says.
Yesterday, Dell said it was buying Wyse Technology, a company that began life making terminals for mainframes and now makes what is known as “thin clients.” Thin clients are alternatives to PCs. They have no hard drives. Instead all software and files are delivered over a network connection by a server hosted elsewhere.
Dell is busy revamping itself into an enterprise hardware company that rivals the likes of HP and IBM. Dell hasn’t struck success with the next-generation consumer mobile device. But it wants to grow in a new direction. With these purchases, Dell is clearly trying to own a different part of the post-PC infrastructure: the data centre.