Dell Acquires Credant to Upgrade Entire Computing Portfolio
Dell has had a longstanding joint development partnership and OEM agreement with the company and already uses its software in the Dell Data Protection/Encryption package.Dell filled a need in its cloud services lineup Dec. 18 when it agreed to acquire Credant Technologies, a provider of data protection software that manages and secures data sent from endpoints to servers, storage or cloud systems. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Credant's IT will be used to improve the manageability and security of Dell's entire enterprise computing portfolio, Dell said. Founded in 2001, Credant is headquartered in Addison, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Dell has had a longstanding joint development partnership and OEM agreement with the company and already uses its software in the Dell Data Protection/Encryption package. Credant software protects data across its full life cycle. It encrypts user and corporate data and works with enterprises' existing systems-management processes. The applications also support multiple mobile operating systems, allowing enterprises to handle the growing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend.
Credant secures more than 2 million endpoints with customers in a number of verticals that include aerospace and defense, energy, financial services, universities, public sector, health care, telecommunications, IT and media, Dell said.