Dell Acquires Clerity For Services To Migrate Customers From Legacy Systems


Dell on Tuesday said it acquired Clerity Solutions, a provider of solutions and services that help customers move from legacy computing systems into new industry-standard systems and even the cloud.

Clerity and its 70 employees will become part of the Dell Services organization. Dell Services was founded on Dell's 2009 $3.9 billion acquisition of Perot Systems.

Clerity is a Chicago-based full-service provider of mainframe migration, modernization, and optimization solutions. The company architects, designs, and configures comprehensive implementations with all the necessary software and hardware.

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Clerity provides three primary services.

Its mainframe migration, modernization, and optimization services helps businesses rehost applications and data assets to open systems, implement a SOA or modernization initiative to create Web or composite business services, or rewrite applications to meet new business demands.

Clerity's ISV and infrastructure services target ISVs looking to modernize their current offerings to take advantage of newer technologies, which the company said helps those partners customers by giving them a way to continue using existing applications instead of investing in new ones.

It's end-to-end services for health care and life sciences, provides clients with help in specialized solutions including electronic health records, PACS/RIS (picture archiving and communication system and radiology information systems), image distribution, storage, and high availability systems.

Dell said Clerity will help it expand Dell Services capabilities including re-hosting customers' legacy solutions and services, transition from legacy IT systems to open standards-based platforms, and provide a quick and secure path to hosting applications in the cloud.

Dell declined to state how much it paid for Clerity, and did not respond to further questions about its acquisition.

However, Steve Schuckenbrock, president of Dell Services, said in a statement that Dell is committed to open architecture computing and to helping customers implement optimal platforms for their applications.

"Increasingly, these x86 platforms are enabling super-scale cloud environments, and the addition of Clerity gives us a clear advantage in helping customers modernize and migrate their applications off outdated hardware infrastructure to more current architectures," Schuckenbrock said in the statement.

Clerity is the second acquisition unveiled this week by Dell, which has been on an acquisition spree since its 2008 purchase of storage vendor EqualLogic.

Dell on Monday said it plans to purchase thin client and virtual desktop technology vendor Wyse Technology