Dell acquiring data protection specialists Credant Technologies

Summary:Credant's services are also designed to support multiple mobile operating systems, which hints that the company's portfolio might be of interest to Dell as it continues to try to tackle BYOD.

Time for more acquisitions news. Dell has announced that it is buying Credant Technologies, a company that makes data protection solutions for managing and encrypting corporate data sent from endpoints to servers, storage and the cloud.

Also based in Texas like Dell, Credant's technology is designed to work with a company's existing infrastructure for management processes.

Thus, the touted benefits to Credant products mostly revolve around simpler and more flexible security deployment and management. For example, Credant solutions are boasted to be able to "provision users up to 5.5x faster than competitive solutions – saving more than three hours per PC."

According to the announcement, Credant currently secures more than two million endpoints with customers across a variety of industries ranging from retail to financial services to healthcare, among others.

Credant's services are also intended to support multiple mobile operating systems, which hints that the company's portfolio might be of interest to Dell as it continues to try to take the lead in tackling the BYOD trend .

Jeff Clarke, president of the End User Computing Solutions unit at Dell, did shed a little more light in prepared remarks as to how Credant will fit in at Dell.

Specifically, Clarke noted that Credant's assets will "complement and extend" Dell's existing device security features for its Latitude, OptiPlex and Precision PCs while also serving as a "differentiated security proposition based on its own Intellectual Property."

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

With the holidays coming up quickly as well as the end of the quarter, we can expect to see more companies squeezing out similar news about executive changes and acquisitions throughout the week.

Earlier today, Cisco announced it was buying BroadHop , a Denver-based policy management solutions provider, whcih will be merged with the networking giant's Service Provider Mobility Group.

Additionally, both Akamai and Garmin revealed that they had selected new CEOs -- both of whom were hired from within the company.

Topics: Dell, Cloud, Data Management, IT Priorities, Security


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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