Dell Acquires iSCSI Vendor EqualLogic

Yesterday, Dell announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase privately held EqualLogic, a storage company that focuses on iSCSI systems for the mid-market. EqualLogic had recently filed for an IPO early next year. At an acquisition price of $1.4 billion, Dell clearly sees a bright future in this technology.

The truly ironic part of this acquisition is that EqualLogic is headquartered in Nashua, N.H., in a building that was once part of the ZKO campus of Digital Equipment Corporation. The ownership of this campus has passed through to Hewlett-Packard and is still owned by HP. The acquisition of EqualLogic by Dell means that Dell will be paying rent to HP. While EqualLogic has only recently moved into that building, I wonder how long this state of affairs can last.

Look for a review of EqualLogic's latest iSCSI storage solution in Redmond magazine next spring. In the meantime, tell me about your experiences with iSCSI at pvarhol@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Peter Varhol on November 06, 2007 at 11:57 AM