Adding to its portfolio of IT management software, Dell has acquired Enstratius (formerly called EnStratus), which offers software for managing workloads in hosted cloud environments.
Enstratius' software, which can be run on premises or procured as a hosted service, provides a way for organizations to manage their workloads running on private or public cloud services. It includes capabilities such as application provisioning and scaling, configuration management, usage governance and utilization monitoring. It can also interoperate with other configuration management tools such as Chef and Puppet.
At present, Enstratius' software can manage jobs on over 20 public and private cloud platforms, most notably OpenStack, VMware's platform, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure. Customers can add additional cloud platforms as well.
The acquisition is another step in Dell's strategy of building a portfolio of cloud management tools for the enterprise. Last November, Dell purchased Gale Technologies. Like Enstratius' software, Gale's Active System Manager provides cloud management capabilities and the two products are complementary, according to Dell.