Virtualisation services provider AppSense will now be known as Ivanti after its parent company was bought up by a private equity firm.

The Warrington-based firm develops software that enables staff to work remotely.

Landesk, which bought AppSense in March last year, has been acquired by California-based Clearlake Capital Group and merged with portfolio company HEAT Software to form the Ivanti brand.

The combined brand has more than 22,000 customers and employs more than 1,600 employees in 23 countries.

Steve Daly, chief executive of Ivanti, said: "Today marks a pivotal moment for the company.

"We are excited to have the deal finalised and to introduce ourselves to the world with the new Ivanti name.

"Our passion for customer success and our expertise in helping organizations create a more secure digital workplace sets us apart in the industry and creates a foundation for future growth."

AppSense was founded in 2000 by Charlie Sharland, a former electronics salesman, who sold one business and used his savings to buy out Appsense.

Sharland appeared on our Top 100 Tech Rich List last summer with an estimated personal fortune of £110 million.