Gemalto and Thales Join Forces – What that Means for Our Partners

[KANALRÖST] As you might be aware, on December 17, 2017, Thales announced its intent to acquire Gemalto.

We are very excited to inform you that all regulatory approvals have now been met and the transaction officially closed on April 2, making Gemalto an official part of the Thales Group.

This is an exciting and decisive time for Thales and Gemalto. Together, we are creating the worldwide leader in digital security, protecting more data, transactions and identities than any other company and enabling tens of thousands of organizations to deliver trusted digital services to billions of individuals around the world.

As part of the combination of Thales and Gemalto, Thales eSecurity and Gemalto Enterprise & Cybersecurity are now merging into a single business called Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing. I’m very excited to lead this new business as it combines the market leading portfolios of Thales eSecurity and Gemalto’s SafeNet Identity and Data Protection services to create an unrivalled leader in cloud and data protection solutions.

Below are a few of the significant opportunities that come from the combination of the Thales eSecurity and Gemalto portfolios:

  • Global leadership in general purpose, payment and cloud-based hardware security modules
  • Global leadership in data encryption and key management
  • Global leadership in encryption for high-speed networks
  • Global leadership in authentication and access management

I would like to state very clearly that Thales is fully committed to, and greatly values, the customer bases of both Gemalto and Thales and we will continue to provide long-term support to the full range of data encryption, key management and hardware security module solutions currently offered under the SafeNet, Thales eSecurity and Vormetric product brands. Additionally, there will be no short term changes to how you or the customers you serve purchase and seek support for the Thales eSecurity and Gemalto solutions you are currently reselling.

Our top priority is to work collectively to enhance the combined product strategies in an effort to maximize value to you and your customers. Longer term, we will increasingly capitalize on the significant research & development of the combined companies. This powerful combination of technology, expertise and best-in-class talent will expand our solutions and accelerate innovation for all our customers. As these enhancements and innovations become available, customers will be offered a clear and compelling upgrade path from the solutions they use today.

Both companies have had a long term commitment to Channel go-to-market strategies and there will be no immediate changes to either the Gemalto Cipher Partner Program or Thales eSecurity Data Security Partner Program. You will still enjoy all of the pricing, marketing, and support benefits you receive today.  Moving forward, any changes will seek to improve the overall experience for both you and your customers and will be implemented with sufficient notification.

Finally, I know some of you may be eager to evaluate the opportunities to add some of the Thales and Gemalto solutions to your portfolio. There is some work that needs to be done on our end so please rest assured that we are working towards making this a possibility and aim to do so this year. Your sales channel representative will keep you updated as we make progress on this initiative.

We greatly appreciate your business and assure you of our unwavering commitment to you. Our global sales, partner and management teams are all available if you have any questions or concerns