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Published on August 16th, 2012 | by Leonard

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Fiberlink snapped up by IBM, bolsters mobile offering


Fiberlink snapped up by IBM, bolsters mobile offering

Cloud enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider Fiberlink has been acquired by tech giant IBM, adding another notch to the Armonk firm’s cloud and mobile strategy.

Fiberlink’s main focus is in the mobile device management (MDM) space, being positioned as a leader in Gartner’s MDM Magic Quadrant earlier this year. The company has also made strides in integrating Google Glass into the enterprise, with compatibility on its Maas360 platform announced in May.

Maas360 will move into IBM’s software as a service (SaaS) portfolio, with Big Blue adding that it will be offered on the SoftLayer infrastructure.

And with a 3,500-strong customer base, this deal isn’t just an ‘acqui-hire’ – there’s a solid user group upon which IBM can build, as part of its MobileFirst strategy.

Robert LeBlanc, IBM middleware software SVP, said: “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,” he added.

Jim Sheward, Fiberlink CEO, added: “We are looking forward to becoming part of IBM’s strategy to put mobile first and deliver holistic mobile device and app management and security for today’s always-connected workforce.”

This acquisition puts Enterprise AppsTech in mind of a similar deal which was brokered last December, when Citrix announced the acquisition of Zenprise. And this news is a big sign that IBM is looking to follow suit.

IBM has had a very busy month, with the tech giant introducing a patent for greener cloud computing earlier this week. Yet in terms of enterprise cloud, InfoWorld recently published a piece by cloud thought leader David Linthicum which claimed that rival Amazon Web Services has “no reason to worry” in terms of IBM’s aggressive strategy and portfolio.

Financial terms of the Fiberlink deal were not disclosed, with the deal expected to finalise later this year.

What do you make of this development? Should IBM be taken seriously in enterprise mobility?


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