LANDesk acquires AppSense

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LANDesk acquires AppSense
AppSense, a vendor of technology that speeds Windows desktop migrations and virtual desktop projects, is being acquired by endpoint security and management vendor LANDesk, the vendors said Monday. 
 
Terms of the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, weren't disclosed. 
 
One source close to AppSense told CRN USA the vendor had around US$100 million in revenue during its fiscal 2015 year, which ended 30 June. 
 
AppSense, founded in the UK in 1999 and now based in California, made a name for itself early on with user virtualisation technology, which enables profile and configuration data to be moved easily across devices. 
 
But AppSense in recent years has been playing up its endpoint security capabilities, and LANDesk sees big potential in this side of its business, Jed Ayres, chief marketing officer at AppSense, told CRN USA in an interview.  
 
"Endpoint security has become a big differentiator for AppSense," Ayres said.  
 
Ayres said AppSense added more than 500,000 new seats of Application Manager - its endpoint security product - during the first half of the vendor's fiscal 2015.
 
Application Manager blocks unauthorised code from executing on a machine, ensuring that users don't accidentally introduce malware into their organisation. 
 
LANDesk said in a news release that AppSense's endpoint security technology, combined with its own, will mitigate up to 85 percent of threats. LANDesk said the deal will also enable it to cover physical and virtual environments. 
 
LANDesk CEO Steve Daly said in a statement that AppSense is "a great strategic fit," one which will bolster his company's virtualization technology portfolio. 
 
While terms of the deal aren't being disclosed, a source told CRN USA the AppSense buy is the largest deal in the history of LANDesk, which was founded in 1985. LANDesk was separated from manufacturing and technology company Emerson in 2010 and acquired by investment firm Thoma Bravo. 

This article originally appeared at crn.com

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