Dell is making a big move into the data storage market with a $1.15 billion all-cash deal for 3Par Inc. It comes at an interesting time, as 3Par’s growth and share price had recently slowed and it is still losing money. The offer is an 86% premium to 3Par’s closing price Friday of $9.65
The move shows Dell has an interest in moving outside the commoditized world of PCs and comsumer electronics and into higher margin data-center products. 3Par specializes in building large storage arrays for corporations and data centers which can be “virtualized,” or partitioned so that the system can handle data from many applications at once.
At any rate, it’s paying off big for 3Par shareholders this morning with the stock indicating it will trade up nearly 85%.
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