April 4, 2012 – Dell plans to acquire Clerity Solutions, a platform optimization services and re-hosting software provider.

Clerity offers migration, modernization and resource optimization services for platforms including HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, Oracle Solaris and Microsoft Windows. The Chicago-based provider also sells re-hosing, re-platforming and SOA software, and specialized hardware and software for health care IT.

In a release on the deal, Dell highlighted Clerity’s migration and modernization offerings as a path for customers to move from data from legacy systems to “more modern” settings such as the cloud. Dell Services President Steve Schuckenbrock said in a release that the announced deal also shows a commitment to open architecture computing.

“Increasingly, these x86 platforms are enabling super-scale cloud environments, and the addition of Clerity gives us a clear advantage in helping customers modernize and migrate their applications off outdated hardware infrastructure to more current architectures,” said Schuckenbrock.

In Clerity, Dell adds a provider with which it is not already an existing systems integrator, nor a software or platform partner. Based in Chicago, Clerity customers include BNP Paribas, Metavante and NYSE.

Approximately 70 Clerity employees are slated to join Dell’s Services division. Financial details were not disclosed.

It is the second proposed deal by Dell in a week; on Monday they announced the acquisition of desktop virtualization and thin client provider Wyse Technology.