Dell is reportedly stepping up its asset sales, with several buyout firms competing over key company resources.
KKR & Co LP, Thoma Bravo LLC and Vista Equity Partners Management LLC are reportedly vying for Dell's Quest Software as well as SonicWall.
Divesting the assets would help Dell restock its financial reserves after it agreed to buy EMC for $67 billion in October.
Quest Software and SonicWall are each reportedly worth around $2 billion. Quest Software helps with information technology management and SonicWall is an e-mail encryption and data security provider.
Dell is also reportedly working with Citigroup on the sale of IT services company Perot Systems, which could be valued at between $5 and $6 billion.
The asset sales would help reduce the $49.5 billion of debt Dell will assume once the merger with EMC is complete. The Dell/EMC deal is expected to close by October 2016.