According to a statement made on the Web site of Oregon-based RNA Networks, the company “has been acquired by Dell Inc”. Along with this notice of acquisition, the message goes on to talk about the benefits of Dell, and lists an offer for interested parties to look for a career at Dell. Although the large company is being tight-lipped about the acquisition, it is clear that they plan to move further into the cloud with RNA’s technology.
Perhaps one of the most notable innovations that RNA was able to develop and cash in on is the ability to join multiple x64 servers together in order to have them look like a single, massive server. The company recently reworked its software offerings into a single release known as Memory Virtualization Acceleration or MVX, and has put out a 2.5 release.
Founded in 2006, the company operated largely under the radar until 2009, when it debuted a way for server virtualization to work without slicing up a physical server into multiple VMs, but instead creates a single super-image that all applications can run off of. This sophisticated server-clustering technology got a number of big players interested in the company, including Dell.
Right now, Dell is not saying how they will use RNA’s technology, but it’s a safe bet that RNA’s intellectual property will show up in Dell’s storage and networking. Dell needs to make a move forward in the cloud industry if it is looking to compete with options already out their like Citrix and Microsoft, and RNA may be part of the edge they need.
The RNA site itself is gone, but what the company built may live on as the building blocks of a new Dell cloud.