Dell taps Cisco Systems veteran to run networking unit

Dario Zamarian becomes first VP of computer maker's networking division

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Signaling an intention to accelerate the growth of its fledgling networking business, computer maker Dell on Thursday announced it has hired a former Cisco Systems executive to lead the charge.

Dario Zamarian

Dario Zamarian becomes the first vice president (and general manager) of Dell's networking division, according to this IDG News Service article.

Zamarian joined Cisco in 2004, where he was vice president of systems and network management. Prior to working at Cisco, he was VP of products and corporate strategy at ServGate Technologies. Zamarian also served as managing principal at Rialto Ventures.

(If you want to really drill down into the Dario Zamarian experience, here's his Linked In profile. Note to Dario: You really should update that Plaxo profile, my friend.)

While Dell's legacy is PCs and servers, the company has been making a push into other parts of the enterprise. In addition to developing its own LAN equipment, Dell over the past year has struck deals with several other vendors to resell networking products.

Dell lost out to Hewlett-Packard late last month in a bidding war for storage vendor 3Par. HP agreed to pay $2.4 billion to purchase 3Par, triple the storage vendor's market value at the time.

However, Network World's Jim Duffy writes that some industry observers believe may now set its sights on storage-area network switching vendor Brocade.

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