VMware made a major move into the mobile security business Wednesday as the virtualization vendor said it was acquiring AirWatch for $1.54 billion. AirWatch provides mobile device and application management as well as mobile content management solutions for enterprise customers. The acquisition gives VMware a foothold in the end-user computing business.
VMware partners hailed the move, saying the acquisition is a sign the virtualization giant isn't afraid to spend money for the "next big thing."
"VMware just bought the best mobile device management company," said Jed Ayres, chief marketing officer of MCPc. "AirWatch is the leader. VMware's end-user compute story just got 10 times better."