Page 2 of 2
David Dahlberg, chief marketing officer for Chicago-based cloud integration and solution provider Model Metrics, said Dell's acquisition of Boomi is a bid by Dell to boost its cloud computing credibility by bringing in Boomi's people and technical assets. "They're looking for ways to acquire cloud expertise," Dahlberg said. "How do we increase our cloud knowledge?"
Dahlberg said Dell acquiring Boomi is one of many cloud acquisitions that will come as massive IT players look to spread their cloud wings. "It think we're going to see a lot of it," he said.
John Barnes, CTO of Model Metrics, compared the Boomi pickup to IBM's acquisition of Cast Iron, a cloud integration player, earlier this year.
Model Metrics has worked with Boomi on Salesforce integration projects and Barnes said Dell bringing aboard the company could help Boomi develop its offerings and emerge from relative obscurity. "It could give Boomi more of a runway," he said.
Dell's Boomi acquisition comes as Dell sharpens its cloud computing chops to take advantage of the growing market opportunity in the cloud. In March, Dell laid out its cloud strategy, which included the launch of a host of new products and services; including cloud-specific PowerEdge C servers to offer turnkey cloud solutions. At the same time, Dell also launched a cloud platform for Web applications. At the same time, Dell launched a Cloud Partner Program and added a handful of new ISV partners to help bring customers up to speed in the cloud.