Dell has announced an agreement to acquire data protection solutions provider Credant Technologies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Credant has maintained a longtime partnership with Dell, which has embedded the company's technology in its Dell Data Protection|Encryption product," writes SC Magazine's Dan Kaplan.

"Credant sells software and services to encrypt data and keep it secure as it is moved across PCs, mobile devices, USB drives, cloud services and other locations," writes Computerworld's Stephen Lawson. "It offers a single console for data protection policies across all those platforms and says its software can coexist with existing enterprise management systems. The company claims it secures more than two million endpoints across industries including defense, health care, media and universities."

"Credant’s security capabilities will be blended directly into Dell’s enterprise portfolio, bringing data encryption to PCs, mobile devices, servers, cloud environments and more," writes Channelnomics' Dave Courbanou. "Platform agnostic, Credant also supports the BYOD ethos and can help simplify security in a data center via a single management console that can provide a topological view of network devices and respective security levels. In addition, desktops can endpoint encryption and authentication can be set remotely, streamlining the provisioning process of new PCs and devices."

"This is the second security vendor acquisition in as many days," notes CSO's Bill Brenner. "Yesterday, Blue Coat Systems Inc. announced it had entered into an agreement to acquire network security vendor Crossbeam Systems Inc."