Acquisitions like this one are Really rare in the Tech industry, here’s why:
- Intel bought a company which is almost as big as itself.
- A core Hardware company buying a core security software company.
However, Intel believes that security has become an integral part of computing, which makes it their business, too.
“With the rapid expansion of growth across a vast array of Internet-connected devices, more and more of the elements of our lives have moved online. In the past, energy-efficient performance and connectivity have defined computing requirements. Looking forward, security will join those as a third pillar of what people demand from all computing experiences,” said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO.
McAfee will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary, and it will be reporting to Intel’s Software and Services Group.
Here’s the rationale for Intel:
- Acquisition enables a combination of security software and hardware from one company to ultimately better protect consumers, corporations and governments as billions of devices – and the server and cloud networks that manage them – go online.
- Intel elevates focus on security on par with energy-efficient performance and connectivity. The acquisition augments Intel’s mobile wireless strategy, helping to better assure customer and consumer security concerns as these billions of devices connect.
- Intel has made a number of software-related acquisitions of leaders in their respective industries that also rely on great silicon, including Wind River, Havok and now McAfee.