VMware to acquire mobile app integrator Boxer and merge it with AirWatch
Although parent company EMC is in negotiations to be acquired by Dell for $67 billion, VMware is not sitting on its hands. The company announced Tuesday that it is acquiring Boxer, a provider of an integrated suite of mobile email, calendar and contacts apps for an undisclosed consideration.
VMware plans to merge Boxer with its AirWatch enterprise mobility management unit when the transaction is completed next year.
"Boxer has developed a next generation personal information management (PIM) solution for enterprises that bridges essential business applications with leading productivity, enterprise and social networking solutions including Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Gmail, iCloud, Salesforce, Twitter, Outlook and Yahoo, just to name a few," explained Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of VMware end-user computing group.
Andrew Eye, CEO of Boxer, commented that the merger of AirWatch and Boxer "will create a world-class suite of services that will enable businesses to provide their employees with secure access to email, content and apps."
Boxer offers a container approach to mobile app management and security through its PIM product for iOS and Android devices, related Noah Wasmer, chief technology officer and vice president of product management for mobile products in VMware's end-user computer group.
"We believe that we have only scratched the surface of the potential for business mobility, and we are taking it to the next level by further driving our vision of consumer simple, enterprise secure with Boxer," Wasmer added.
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