Interesting Acquisition Trends

Let's take a look at some of the mergers, acquisitions, and takeovers that have taken place recently.I no particular order, here are the big ones that come to mind.

Intel snags McAfee - Don't forget that McAfee had also been buying up IDS, Firewall, and DLP solutions prior to this.

HP acquires ArcSight - ArcSight is a small company but regarded as best of breed in what they do.

HP acquires TippingPoint - Also known as 3Com, anyone remember them? Tipping Point is regarded by some as a best-of-breed IPS.

Dell grabs SecureWorks - Very interesting move for Dell.

I am sure there are more of these but these all stuck out as companies which want to be able to provide, now or sometime in the future, some sort of complete solution for their customers. This business model will be interesting to watch. Will the people who spend the money prefer one solution "silver bullet" or will they see this as all their eggs in one basket? What happens to people who want a Dell data center with Tipping Point IPS and/or ArcSight SIEM? This also blurs the lines between competition and interoperability.

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