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Horizons expand at LANDesk as Clearwater takes control

Security player LANDesk has revealed it has changed owners and become part of a larger concern that should provide plenty of growth opportunities

LANDesk resellers are quite familiar with the idea of dealing with change so the announcement of the firm’s acquisition on the first day of business this year might not be that much of a surprise.

If 2016 was all about the AppSense acquisition and the merging of the firm’s two channel organisations then this year is going to be about the security management specialist being acquired by Clearlake Capital Group.

For LANDesk it is not just a case of changing owners from Thoma Bravo to Clearlake but will also see the firm combined with the venture capitalist outfit’s portfolio company Heat Software, which specialises in security solutions via the cloud.

The operation will be headed up by LANDesk CEO Steve Daly and will undergo a name change at some point in the future. The operation will have quite some reach operating 37 offices and 1,600 stuff dealing with 22,000 customers.

“We are thrilled to work with Clearlake in this next phase of our growth trajectory, as they bring significant endpoint security software domain expertise and cloud experience that will be critical to continue to build our platform organically and through acquisition,” said Steve Daly, CEO of LANDesk

“We are grateful for the partnership with Thoma Bravo over the years and are excited about this new chapter of growth for our business, particularly the addition of HEAT to our platform.  HEAT’s products align well with our mission to help our customers build modern, user-centered IT organizations and will provide additional expertise and capabilities as we accelerate our investments in the cloud,” he added.

Daly has always been quick to spell out what changes mean for the channel and spoke to partners just a day after it acquired AppSense last year. That sort of communication is likely to be a feature of the process this time as well.

Behdad Eghbali, a co-founder and managing partner at Clearlake, said that it had been watching LANDesk grow through acquisition and organic activity and felt it would combine well with Heat to expand the endpoint and cloud security portfolio.

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