Dell to beef up its Force10 workforce to target Asia-Pacific data center opportunities

Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) wants a bigger chunk of Asia's data center market, so it's going to beef up the staff responsible for the Force10 assets that it acquired in August.

The move to enhance its Force10 employee base is all about integrating the Force10 products with Dell's existing PowerConnect networking product line and to develop new products to meet the needs of service providers and enterprises building data centers in China and India.

When Force10 was acquired by Dell in August it had 750 employees. Out of that figure, 450 were focused on research and development and about 200 were focused on sales and marketing.  

One of Dell's key growth targets for an integrated Force10 product set is India. When Dell bought Force10 it also gained a research and development facility in Chennai, India. During the next 12-18 months, Dell will double its R&D staff in India from the current base of 265 engineers.

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