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 Dell’s 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 Dell’s servers have to bear the costs of keeping those private cloud servers up and running. That isn’t the case with public cloud servers from companies like Amazon and Rackspace. Dell’s 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.”