SonicWALL swallowed by growing Dell empire

Firewall and unified threat management (UTM) specialist SonicWALLis tobecome the latest addition to Dell's growing portfolio of acquisitions, afterRound Rockannounced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the firm for an undisclosed sum. Private equity-backed SonicWALLdevelops comprehensiv

Firewall and unified threat management (UTM) specialist SonicWALL is to become the latest addition to Dell's growing portfolio of acquisitions, after Round Rock announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the firm for an undisclosed sum.

Private equity-backed SonicWALL develops comprehensive security solutions including firewalls, remote access technology, email security, backup and recovery and police, management and reporting.

The acquisition significantly widens Dell's existing security capabilities based around its SecureWorks services, cloud security and data encryption portfolio, as well as KACE vulnerability and patch management solutions.

It boasts a portfolio of over 130 patents, and claims to have around 300,000 customers and 15,000 active partners. In its statement detailing the acquisition, Dell said it would look to on-board "the very best of" SonicWALL's programme into its PartnerDirect set-up.

SonicWALL CEO Matt Medeiros said that selling up to a firm of Dell's size would "accelerate growth of our flagship SuperMassive Next-Generation Firewall solutions with large enterprise customers".

"Our customers see security as a key IT concern for the foreseeable future. SonicWALL gives Dell access to unique IP resources and technology that position us well in fast-growing parts of the software security business," added Dell Software Group president John Swainson.

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