Dell Buys Credant for Secure Data

Dell has acquired Credant Technologies, a provider of enterprise-level data protection solutions. Terms of the deal went undisclosed.

Credant Technologies’ portfolio covers most of the enterprise IT stack, from data-center servers to mobile devices. The buy is the latest addition to Dell’s increasingly lengthy list of technology acquisitions; it bought SonicWall (a provider of enterprise firewall, remote access, backup and recovery technology) for a reported $1.2 billion in March. Much of the technology from these acquisitions will likely find its way into Dell’s services portfolio.

With regard to enterprise services, Dell faces a number of determined competitors making their own acquisitions. Earlier this week, for example, Cisco announced the purchase of BroadHop, which enables end-users to purchase customized premium service packages.

“In today’s work environment data is always in-flight—from work being done on a local PC, being sent via email, stored on a USB drive and saved in the cloud,” Jeff Clarke, president, of end user computing solutions at Dell, wrote in a statement. “Each one of those experiences represents a potential security risk. As a result, businesses need a data protection strategy that is comprehensive, flexible and easy to deploy.”

Clarke indicated that the Credant assets would “complement and extend current Dell device security features,” making “Dell Latitude, OptiPlex and Dell Precision computers among the world’s most secure.” Dell, he added, “can now offer a differentiated security proposition based on its own intellectual property.”

Credant technology offers U.S. Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) certification for endpoint disk encryption, at the highest level available, or 140-2 Level 3. The company insists that its intellectual property, while securing PC device data and other elements, doesn’t interfere with existing services on the network.

“Protecting critical information has only become more important as organizations globally struggle to protect their data in an ever more complex world,” Bob Heard, chief executive officer and founder of Credant, wrote in a statement. “This combination allows Credant to bring its deep capabilities in data security to Dell’s robust solution set and customer base. Together, we will continue to focus on innovation and building value that result in beneficial outcomes for our customers.”


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