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So the rumors were true: Dell is going sell the Dell Software division to Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, and Elliott Management Corporation. Just few months ago Dell sells Perot Systems unit to NTT Data at loss of $800 million, and with this new move is going to make as much cash is possible for the Dell-EMC deal.

Both moves are clear and clever: Perot was never been integrated in Dell services (at least non in all counties) and Dell Software was already an independent division. Probably there will something else that will be sold, but lets see.

The most interesting aspect is what will happen to SonicWALL and Quest brands (the biggest part of Dell Software). I official hear about this deal during the EMEA PEAK 16, an international event organized by Dell Security (un-officially I hear something several months ago).

Of course during this event, most comments where about the SonicWALL part, but an important piece of Quest is already integrated in Dell Security: the identity management is one of the core and pilar of the future SonicWALL strategy.

For sure the SonicWALL name will remain and probably will become more important and visible in the new company. But also other Quest products related to security or management will remain relevant.

Dell Software’s comprehensive portfolio of solutions span a number of areas critical to the modern business and IT management landscape, including advanced analytics, database management, data protection, endpoint systems management, identity and access management, Microsoft platform management, network security, and performance monitoring. With Dell Software solutions, organizations of all sizes can better secure, manage, monitor, protect, and analyze information and infrastructure in order to help fuel innovation and drive their businesses forward.

I have several concern about the data protection products: how they can or will fit in this “security-centric” vision? Building a new Quest probably does not bring so much values. Building a very vertical security and service centring company probably it’s more interesting for the market.

For sure will be a cloud-centrinc for the services: some interesting news coming from the PEAK event where the moving of the SonicOS platform to Linux in order to have virtual appliances and be able to integrated it in public cloud like AWS or Azure. But also several management and reporting services available as a services.