Cisco To Acquire BroadHop, Dell Buying Credant

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Two more acquisitions are squeezed into 2012, as Cisco and Dell continue shopping.

Cisco to acquire BroadHop

Cisco announced its intent to acquire Denver, Colorado-based BroadHop, a provider of next-generation policy control and service management technology for carrier networks worldwide. BroadHop’s widely deployed policy control solutions for mobile and fixed networks will be integrated into Cisco’s Service Provider Mobility Group to support Cisco’s Open Network Environment (ONE) for extensible network programmability. This policy infrastructure  will enable Cisco to develop software services to help network operators develop new services.

BroadHop has been a key service provider Wi-Fi partner for Cisco. The BroadHop team will be integrated into Cisco’s Service Provider Networking Group, reporting to Shailesh Shukla, vice president and general manager of the company’s Software and Applications Group.

Dell to acquire Credant

Dell announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Credant Technologies, an industry-leading provider of data protection solutions to control, manage and secure data sent from endpoints to servers, storage and the cloud. Credant technology supports multiple mobile operating systems allowing companies to confidently embrace the growing BYOD movement.

“In today’s work environment data is always in-flight – from work being done on a local PC, being sent via email, stored on a USB drive and saved in the cloud,” said Jeff Clarke, president, End User Computing Solutions at Dell. ”Each one of those experiences represents a potential security risk. As a result, businesses need a data protection strategy that is comprehensive, flexible and easy to deploy. The Credant assets will complement and extend current Dell device security features to make Dell Latitude, OptiPlex and Precision PCs some of the world’s most secure. And when combined with the change in compute behaviors and data in-flight, Dell can now offer a differentiated security proposition based on its own Intellectual Property.”

Credant offers security management, lower cost of PC lifecycle maintenance, flexible data protection, easy deployment and provisioning, and high levels of security and protection. Dell’s security services and solutions enable organizations of all sizes to protect their IT assets, comply with regulations and reduce security costs. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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