SonicWALL users offered alternative to Dell future
16 March 2012 | 0
Dell’s acquisition of SonicWALL has been widely accepted as further confirmation of its ambitions in providing professional services for enterprise, characterised by its SecureWorks and KACE services. However, not everyone agrees with this assessment.
"As has been seen many times over in the past, Product-People-Philosophy [concepts] have not always merged in the case of corporate mergers and acquisitions," said Harish Chib, senior vice president, New Business Development, Cyberoam. "Dell’s focus has been on the personal computer industry so far and not on security. Dell’s takeover of SonicWALL business may dilute [its] focus on the security business in the longer term".
Consequently, Cyberoam is offering swap-out deals for users of SonicWALL products and services. The company will be providing a free one-year subscription on Web Content and Application, IPS and Anti-X subscriptions on the trade-in of SonicWALL appliances to buy Cyberoam products.
It also said that SonicWALL partners will benefit with immediate access to free training and certifications, along with membership of its partner programme. See here for full details.
While Matt Medeiros, president and CEO, SonicWALL, said that the Dell acquisition provided the company with an opportunity to accelerate development and expand the customer base, those who do not wish to come under the Dell umbrella now have at least one alternative.