Dell Inc. has acquired a small Minnesota software company that manages cloud computing services.
Round Rock-based Dell did not disclose the price for Enstratius, which was formed in 2008 and had fewer than 50 employees.
The company, based in Minneapolis, helps businesses and organizations manage software applications across private, public and hybrid computing clouds. It handles automated applications provisioning and scaling, management of applications configuration, usage governance and cloud utilization monitoring.
The company was recognized by CRN, an industry publication, for having one of the Top 20 Coolest Cloud Platforms.
Its software is regarded as complementary to Dell’s Active System Manager, which was acquired from Gale Technologies last year.
“As enterprises increase their use of public, private and hybrid clouds, the need for controls, security, governance and automation becomes more critical,” said Tom Kendra, a systems management vice president in Dell Software.
“Dell, together with Enstratius, is uniquely positioned to deliver differentiated, complete cloud-management solutions to enterprise customers… empowering them with the efficiency and flexibility of the allocation and use of resources.”
The acquisition was the first for Dell since the company formally agreed to a $24.4 billion acquisition by company founder and CEO Michael Dell and his financial partner, Silver Lake Partners, of California.
Two other companies, Icahn Enterprises and Blackstone Group, indicated an interest in making rival bids to buy the company in March, but Blackstone has since dropped out of the bidding.
Icahn has yet to make a formal proposal to acquire the company, but the New York Post, citing unnamed sources, said Icahn plans to work with Memphis-based Southeastern Asset Management to force a potential fight over the election of Dell board members.
Icahn has suggested buying 58 percent of Dell’s stock for $15 a share. It also has suggested that Dell consider paying shareholders a $9 a share special dividend that Dell would pay for either by selling part of the company or by taking on new debt. The special committee of Dell’s board has reported that it already considered such an option for the company last year and rejected it in favor of a buyout of all shares that would take the company private.