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Dell prepares asset sales

Dell's Computer Shipments Increase 28% In ChinaTin box shifter Michael Dell is preparing to sell around $10 billion in non-core assets, including software and services, to reduce the heavy debt load it will be taking on to buy EMC.

If it does nothing, Dell will be saddled with a $49.5 billion overdraft once the merger with EMC is completed.

Dell is expected to sell Quest Software, which helps with information technology management, SonicWall, an email encryption and data security provider, back-up solutions unit AppAssure and IT services provider Perot Systems.

Not up for sale are Dell’s hardware assets such as servers, which are crucial in its quest to dominate the large enterprise market through its merger with EMC.

This is all rumour and speculation but does explain how Dell expected to make so much money when it had such a high debt loading.

The EMC deal is expected to close between May and October 2016. Dell has stated that the combined company will focus on reducing its debt during the first 18 to 24 months after the merger to get its investment-grade credit rating back.

World+dog fails on security front

A farcical situation arose in the UK on Monday this week when the National Crime Agency gave advice to people to wake up to security and referred them to its web site – which crashed under the strain.

Coincidentally, we were on our way to a Dell security conference in Budapest, where folk were warning of dire consequences for everyone from end users to corporations if they didn’t put locks that work on their internet front doors.

The tech jargon for this is a “firewall”, but Dell security personnel – many of whom worked for SonicWALL before it was bought by the company – work night and day to react to ever present security threats.

Dell logs millions of malware attacks every day and it’s evident that while the security problems are omnipresent and apply from government networks to your own home LAN, no-one is really listening to the essential message.

You would probably never leave your front door open but it seems that now we’re locked into using the interweb, many of us do just that – whether we’re using a smarty pants phone, a tablet, or a Windows PC or a Macintosh for that matter.

Patrick Sweeney, executive director of product management at Dell Software told me that part of the problem is people don’t understand the risks they run.  That’s as true for individuals as it is for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and obviously for corporations too.

And if you think you’re safe with an Android operating system, well you’d better think again – especially if you charge your smarty phone from your Windows PC.

Sweeney says there is no coordinated strategy worldwide for what he terms criminal-to-criminal networks.  Reading between the words he said, I got the firm impression that any kind of strategy is as far away as reality as Arcturus is from our sun.  His colleagues tell me that there is no coordinated strategy even within the European Union – Brussells doesn’t have much of a clue about security.  

But as we’re all linked together by the internet of thongs, it surely is about time that the United Nations started knock knock knocking on countries’ doors?  Or even the European Union. Or even North America. Or even the United Kingdom.

Sweeney said you are comparatively safe if you’re not connected to the internet but as many of us now all are, and are being encouraged to buy stuff even on our smarty phones and tablets, perhaps we had better start bugging our politicians to get a bit smart themselves.

* You can find ChannelEye’s coverage of the channel conference by clicking here.

Dell snaps up data protection specialist

Grey Tin box maker Michael  Dell has written a cheque for data protection outift Credant , as part of a cunning plan to expand his enterprise security portfolio.

Credant’s technology allows customers to protect and encrypt corporate data, securing information sent from endpoints to storage, servers or into the cloud.   The Texan firm, founded in 2001, currently secures more than two million endpoints for customers across a number of verticals, and will add to Dell’s growing enterprise security offerings.  

It is expected that Credant will provide benefits to Dell customers such as simplified security management, faster provisioning of services and “military-grade” protection and encryption.

According to a statement from Dell, the acquisition will help the company to address demands from corporate customers around bring your own device (BYOD), with Credant technology securing data across multiple operating systems.

Dell, which has already snapped up a number of security related companies such as SonicWall this year, did not reveal the financials details of the acquisition.

Jeff Clarke, president of Dell’s End User Computing Solutions division, said that the services offered by Credant will allow enterprise users to cope with the rise in mobility.

“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,” Clarke said. “Each one of those experiences represents a potential security risk.

He added: “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.”

In other acquisition news, Cisco has agreed to buy BroadHop, a provider of policy control and service management technology for carrier networks.