Dell Acquires Network Security Firm
Dell hopes to slow SMB migration to the public cloud.
In an acquisition aimed at preventing its smaller and mid-sized business customers from migrating to public cloud providers like Amazon, Dell announced that it will acquire network security firm SecureWorks. With most of Dells business rooted in providing companies with private, in-house cloud servers that run multiple computers, the acquisition will give users a number of tools to help manage security threats and control access to local networks with services including email encryption. SecureWorks provides a degree of consulting for its customers and the entire security suite is deployed on in-house servers, reports Venture Beat.
"But companies buying Dells servers have to bear the costs of keeping those private cloud servers up and running. That isnt the case with public cloud servers from companies like Amazon and Rackspace. Dells strategy lately has been to reduce those upkeep headaches and keep companies interested in the private cloud. It recently acquired Compellent, which provides some software to help companies store and access their data more efficiently on private cloud servers, as part of that strategy."