EMC to acquire Indian security software company

Valyd's technology for encrypting and securing data will lead to two new products from EMC's RSA division

EMC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Valyd Software, a Hyderabad, India, vendor of software for securing enterprise data. EMC did not disclose the sum it will pay for Valyd, a privately held company.

Valyd's software will be brought into RSA, the security division of EMC that was set up last year to integrate products from its acquisition of RSA Security and Network Intelligence. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter, the Hopkinton, Massachusetts, vendor of storage management and security software said Tuesday.

Valyd's technology for encrypting and securing data at the database and file system level will lead to the introduction of two new products from the RSA division, after the acquisition is complete, said Manoj Chugh, president of EMC India, on Wednesday.

RSA Database Security Manager will address security of data on a variety of database management systems, while RSA File Security Manager will secure data security at the file and folder level, Chugh said.

A focus of the RSA division is on products that manage and secure enterprise-wide information assets regardless of where they resides on the network, Chugh said. Valyd's technology, which runs on a large variety of operating systems and database systems, fitted well into the strategy of the RSA division, he added.

Valyd Software was set up in 1998 to develop software to secure enterprise data. The company has over 50 staff in Hyderabad, which will be increased to 100 by the end of this year, Chugh said. The Hyderabad operation will focus on the development and enhancement of the new security products, he added.

Indian product companies have emerged as acquisition targets for multinational companies. Oracle Corp., for example, has acquired a majority stake in Indian financial software company, i-flex Solutions Ltd.

"India was until now perceived as a low-cost location for outsourcing work, rather than as a place where you could find top quality innovation and intellectual property," Chugh said.