Dell snaps up bankrupt Exanet

Adds clustered NAS to its storage portfolio

Dell in its second acquisition of the year announced Tuesday that it has acquired bankrupt clustered NAS vendor Exanet.

Dell in its second acquisition of the year announced Tuesday that it has acquired bankrupt clustered NAS vendor Exanet.

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The company, which also acquired Allin in January to add to its global services business, acquired Exanet for $12 million. Many observers consider that the Exanet acquisition positions Dell better against HP and IBM, both companies that have made clustered NAS buys. HP snapped up LeftHand and IBRIX, while IBM offers its Scale-Out NAS (SONAS) and its clustered XIV storage.

Dell can now add Exanet's ExaStore clustered NAS product to its EqualLogic IP SAN portfolio and say that finally, it has an entry in to the scale-out NAS space.

Exanet's ExaStore is targeted at the rich media space, where high throughput is necessary. ExaStore is built on top of a distributed file system called ExaFS, which provides good sequential and random performance for workloads. The system uses commodity multi-core x86-servers. Load-balancing and adaptive caching are built in.

The company, which was founded in 2000, has $18 million in Series C funding, which it added to at least $38 million in prior funding. It fell into bankruptcy in January of this year after being unable to 'repay the principle on a $10 million loan from Kreos Capital,' according to Globes of Israel.

Now, it looks like Dell has gotten itself an R&D facility in Israel, Exanet's intellectual property and some employees. Exanet had partnerships with 3PAR and Atempo, which have now fallen into doubt.

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