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Dell to buy remote-services management company

The PC maker continues to expand its software business with the planned purchase of Everdream.

For the second time this month, Dell says it is making an acquisition. In this case, it will buy Everdream, a remote-services management company based in Fremont, Calif., Dell announced Thursday.

The companies are not saying what Everdream's purchase price is. In a statement, Dell said Everdream's services will be used to manage desktop and notebook PCs, as well as other devices remotely from any location. Both Dell and chief rival Hewlett-Packard are trying to be a one-stop shop for enterprise customers who want to buy servers, PCs, and management software.

Dell acquired another managed-services company, SilverBack Technologies, this summer, followed shortly thereafter by the purchase of two more software companies, ASAP Software and Zing Systems.