9. SonicWall: SonicWall fits well with Dell's strategy. The purchase brought Dell a strong presence in the SMB/SME space, as well as a full set of security appliances that fit well into larger enterprises. SonicWall's main unified security management products also fit well with Dell's underlying philosophy of being easy to use and low cost. The acquisition also brought a number of standalone security products such as email security appliances, back-up and recovery systems, and centralized management and reporting across the Sonicwall product line.
We expect Dell to expand on SonicWall's Global Management System (GMS) and integrate it with other parts of Dell's management offerings. In fact, GMS is a pretty robust network element manager with APIs for integration with other systems.
Mike Fratto is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Prior to that, Mike was with UBM Tech for 15 years, and served as editor of Network Computing. He was also lead analyst for InformationWeek Analytics ... View Full Bio