"It's certainly not a surprise to see these two areas merging, and Novell has been doing a fair amount of work in the security space, as with its acquisition of E-Security [in 2006]," Oltsik said. "Novell is seeing companies including McAfee, Symantec, and Microsoft merge management with security, and customers seem to agree that it makes sense to merge [endpoint] security, configuration, and support into one single suite."
It has become harder for smaller vendors such as Senforce to go up against bigger competitors who are folding the types of tools the company offers into their broader security offerings, analyst said.
"Especially with NAC, there's not a tremendous amount of room for independent players, some have had a good run, but we're also seeing the end of the line as with Citrix' acquisition of Caymas," Oltsik said. "Ultimately this is something that becomes part of the desktop or networking infrastructure; people like Juniper, Nortel, and Cisco in the networking space all have pretty reasonable products, so, there's not a lot of room for third parties."