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Dell buys security firm Credant Technologies

19 Dec 2012
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Dell has agreed to acquire data protection specialist Credant Technologies in a move to bolster its enterprise security lineup.

The company said that the deal will be used to strengthen Dell products ranging from the server and storage space up to the cloud computing market as the Credant data encryption tools are integrated into its various offerings.

Based out of Texas, Credant specialises in data protection technology across multiple platforms and operating systems. The company's products include solutions for consumerisation and BYOD security deployments.

Dell noted that the two firms have a history of working together and currently operate with an OEM agreement. The company hopes that the partnership will further integration between the two companies.

"The Credant assets will complement and extend current Dell device security features to make Dell Latitude, OptiPlex and Dell Precision computers among the world’s most secure," said Dell president of end user computing solutions Jeff Clarke.

"When combined with the change in compute behaviours and data in-flight, Dell can now offer a differentiated security proposition based on its own intellectual property."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The deal marks Dell's second major acquisition in recent months. In November the company agreed to purchase Gale Technologies in a bid to improve its IT infrastructure lineup. In March, Dell made another move to boost its security offerings when it agreed to acquire SonicWall.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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