Dell expects the deal to close in the current quarter.
Dell said the deal will help it solidify an important component of its enterprise solutions portfolio, working with its existing line of servers, storage and network platforms.
Scalent, which was founded in 2003, provides software for automating infrastructure in data centers.
Its investors include Hummer Winblad, JK&B Capital, FirstMark Capital and Credit Suisse.
Dell said last week it is aiming to double to size of its enterprise solutions business, with acquisitions key to that growth.
The shares of Round Rock, Texas-based Dell closed down 0.25 percent at $12.03 on the Nasdaq.
(Reporting by Gabriel Madway; editing by Andre Grenon)