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EMC buys again with data loss prevention firm

And a house on the Old Kent Road
Fri Aug 10 2007, 16:33
EMC'S RSA security subsidiary is buying Tablus, a company that makes software to spot sensitive data and help ensure it's stored somewhere safe.

"Information security has clearly become an information management problem: today, many organisations struggle to establish exactly what data they have and where it all is - let alone how sensitive it is," says Art Coviello, boss of RSA in a press release.

Crumbs, where would these security and storage firms be if we were all a little smarter? In the last month alone I've heard the following:

A storage company exec say he has never met a customer who knows how much storage they own

A printer company exec say he has never met a customer who knows how much they spend on printing

A services company exec say that he has never met a customer who knows how many servers they own

Of course, the world + dog knows that the IT biz has turned into a big game of Monopoly in recent years but who will be the biggest acquirer of them all in the next year?

Our best estimation of the runners and riders:

Even money: IBM, which buys a company most days of the week to fit its Information On Demand mega-umbrella strategy.

6/4: Oracle. If it sees a business software company, it buys it.

5/1: EMC. Bit quiet recently but seems to think that everything is related to storage.

6/1: Symantec. Company that invented PC industry M&A is still at it. Could buy or be bought by EMC?

25/1: Microsoft. Never a big spender but has the dough if its inclinations change. µ


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