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Virtualization Company VMware to Acquire Mobile Application Management Company AirWatch

January 26, 2014
by Staff Writer

Virtualization company VMware will acquire mobile application management company AirWatch in a move that is designed to enhance a VDI cloud computing venture the company has undertaken with Mobility. The deal is reported to be costing VMware $1.5 billion with $1.175 billion paid in cash with the balance paid in deferred instalments. AirWatch’s solutions will integrate VMware’s cloud-based device management capability.

VMware’s EVP and GM Mr. Sanjay Poonen will head the combined entity and AirWatch chairmen Alan Dabbiere will report to Pat Gelsinger, VMware‘s CEO. The acquisition may give VMware the edge over its VDI infrastructure services rival Citrix. “Our vision is to provide a secure virtual workspace that allows end users to work at the speed of life,” explained Sanjay Poonen. “The combination of AirWatch and VMware will enable us to deliver unprecedented value to our customers and partners across their desktop and mobile environments.”

”AirWatch provides best-in-class, secure, enterprise-mobile management to thousands of businesses around the world,” added Pat Gelsinger. “With this acquisition, VMware will add a foundational element to our end-user computing portfolio that will enable our customers to turbo-charge their mobile workforce without compromising security.”

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