VMware acquires AirWatch to boost mobile device, application management

The company accelerates its client computing push with the addition of AirWatch's tools

VMware has reached a deal to acquire mobile management specialist AirWatch for US$1.54 billion, as it aims let users manage desktops, mobile devices and applications using its products.

The acquisition of AirWatch extends VMware's product portfolio from data center to end-user devices, and strongly positions the company for an era where all devices run hosted applications, Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager at VMware's End-User Computing unit, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

VMware will acquire AirWatch for approximately $1.175 billion in cash and $365 million of installment payments and assumed unvested equity, it said.

VMware may be best known for its server virtualization products, but the company has recently increased its focus on client computing, as well. The end of the PC era and the arrival of new devices in the enterprise via BYOD programs have opened up new opportunities for vendors to make their mark. The acquisition of AirWatch is just the latest step for VMware. In October, it also acquired desktop-as-a service company Desktone.

VMware's vision for the space -- and one it shares with other vendors -- is to create a secure virtual workspace that allows end users to access applications from desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets regardless of the time and place.

There is very little product overlap between the two companies, according to Poonen. The acquisition of AirWatch adds management of mobile devices and applications, and the ability to separate individual and corporate data and applications on smartphones and tablets, Poonen said.

AirWatch will become the focal point for all of VMware's mobile development activities going forward, according to Poonen. He didn't offer many details of how products will be integrated, but said that VMware's expansion within the mobile space has been a top priority since he started at VMware last August.

VMware isn't the only company that has started the year by acquiring a company to improve its client computing offerings. Earlier this month, VMware competitor Citrix Systems acquired Framehawk for an undisclosed sum, and will use the company's technology to improve the performance of virtual desktops and applications over wireless networks.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags mobileMergers and acquisitionsbusiness issuesVMwaresoftwaremobile applicationsvirtualizationsystem managementdesktop virtualizationAirWatch

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?