In the last 24 hours both Mashable and TechCrunch have reported that Dell has acquired Software-as-a-Service company Boomi whose flagship product, AtomSphere, is geared towards simplifying and smoothing out the transfer of data between cloud-based and on-premise applications.
This comes hot-on-the-heels of Dell’s recent announcement that it had partnered with Microsoft to roll out the Windows Azure Platform to its customers and confirm its new status as a Platform-as-a-Service provider in July 2010.
Both these developments confirm the intensifying efforts by software companies and hosting providers to roll out cloud services that promise lower costs, reduced complexity and faster development cycles for their customers.
Mashable also reports that the purchase of Boomi dovetails with Dell’s plans to deploy new tablets in 2011 powered by the Microsoft Windows Platform rather than Google’s free Android OS. In a parting shot to Google, Dell claimed it was easier to build apps on the Windows Smartphone OS.
Dell’s Boomi acquisition is set to remove the need for appliances, software or even coding.
Boomi markets the AtomSphere as “self-service integration – fast” with a visual interface that offers easy drag-and-drop features for pre-built connectors and processors.
Cloud services — along with Smartphones, tablets and mobile devices — are expected to be the biggest game in town over the next decade as analysts predict that 100 billion devices may be connected to the Internet by 2020.
Most of these mobile and tablet users will be accessing data, services and platforms in the cloud.
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