Another bit of M&A in the managed services and cloud arena has rolled past. Masergy said today that it has acquired the Texas-based security solutions provider Global DataGuard.
Global Dataguard specializes in automated and intelligent network behavior analysis for enterprise and cloud networks. In other words, security software that goes beyond encryption and firewalls and such. It watches what's happening and throws up red flags when it thinks wierd stuff that could be malicious are happening. Their comprehensive security solutions will be folded into Masergy's existing security suite and extended to their global networking footprint.
This is not Masergy's first technology purchase aimed at filling out its managed services portfolio the inorganic way. After being tucked under the wing of ABRY Partners, Masergy also bought Broadcore for managed voice capabilities which it rolled out over its global network. With so many speculative dollars out there funding so many companies building nextgen platforms of one sort or another for the cloud, this kind of opportunistic tuck-in will probably be a common occurrence for the next year or two.
No financial terms were provided for the deal, but this sort of purchase is generally small regardless. I wonder if ABRY Partners will at some point restart the IPO track for Masergy, which had been on the menu until postponed in February 2011 in favor of private equity.
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