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LANDesk to Acquire AppSense, Extend Endpoint Management Offerings

By Edward Gately
March 15, 2016 - News
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LANDesk has announced an agreement to acquire AppSense, a provider of secure user environment-management services.

This acquisition, LANDesk’s seventh in five years, advances its unified endpoint management by extending capabilities to include both physical and virtual devices, and eliminating the need for separate tools and processes, according to the company. AppSense also brings advanced endpoint protection capabilities to LANDesk’s portfolio.

AppSense's Jed AyresLANDesk’s software provides systems management, security management, service management, asset management and process-management services to organizations. Financial details regarding the acquisition were not disclosed.

Jed Ayres, AppSense’s senior vice president of marketing, tells Channel Partners the retention and expansion of the relationships with AppSense partners are “critical to the integration of this deal." The acquisition should be final in 30 days.

“Over time, existing LANDesk partners will get access to the AppSense portfolio," he said. “For the near term no changes will be made to the partner programs, and the businesses and programs will be run separately."

The acquisition will create a host of new opportunities for employees, partners and customers of both AppSense and LANDesk, Ayres said. There is limited overlap in offerings, customers and partners, he said.

“With the addition of AppSense user virtualization solutions," he said, “IT teams will be able to manage both physical and virtual devices, and deliver an enhanced user experience and improved endpoint security across physical, virtual and cloud desktops. AppSense also brings advanced endpoint protection capabilities to the LANDesk portfolio with solutions around application control and privilege management. Together, LANDesk and AppSense offerings combine to support strategies that will allow organizations to mitigate up to 85 percent of all threats."

In a January interview with Channel Partners, Jon Rolls, AppSense’s vice president of product management, talked about his company’s plans to strike it big this year in two key areas: endpoint security and Windows 10 migration.

“The last six months have been fantastic; we closed the largest deals in our history and we’ve seen more and more ...

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