BYOD Delivery: IBM Snaps Up MDM Player Fiberlink


IBM plans to acquired Fiberlink, an enterprise mobility management company, for an undisclosed amount, Big Blue said Wednesday.

With more than 20 years of experience in enterprise mobile management, Fiberlink, Blue Bell, Pa., is now known for its cloud-based mobile platform, MaaS360. The platform is a plug-and-play solution in which IT departments can be in command over the enterprise functions and applications of an employee's personal device in less than 12 minutes, according to Fiberlink.

In August, Fiberlink rolled out a new and aggressive partner program in which Director of Channel Sales Francois Duamard told CRN the company was aiming to add "thousands" of partners by the end of 2014. Daumard confirmed the acquisition to CRN but said he was unable to comment further at this time.

 

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IBM said it will offer MaaS360 on the IBM SoftLayer cloud infrastructure. The company completed its acquisition of SoftLayer in early July.

The Fiberlink deal is expected to close later this year, according to IBM, Armonk, N.Y. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, Middleware Software, for the IBM Software Group, said in a statement, "In a mobile first world, clients require a comprehensive mobile management and security offering. ... To protect and enhance the complete mobile experience, it's crucial to secure the app, user, content, data and the transaction. The acquisition of Fiberlink will enable us to offer these expanded capabilities to our clients, making it simple and quick to unlock the full potential of mobility."

"The acquisition is a positive move for IBM, which is buying a recognized name in the mobile device management market," said Chris Pyle, president and CEO of Champion Solutions Group, an IBM partner in Boca Raton, Fla.

The MDM market has been ripe for consolidation, with many firms already deploying Fiberlink, MobileIron, AirWatch and other top vendors, Pyle said.

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