At its VMworld Europe 2015 event in Barcelona, VMware announced the acquisition of Boxer. This virtual container technology will strengthen the AirWatch platform to secure messaging and mobile office tools.
While virtualization is the core business of VMware, an EMC subsidiary recently acquired by Dell, the publisher’s MDM (Mobile Device Management) activity also weighs heavily. Especially since the early 2014 takeover of AirWatch for nearly $1.5 billion. During its VMworld Europe 2015 event, which is currently taking place in Barcelona, the Californian publisher has rightly announced the strengthening of this branch with the announcement of the acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, of Boxer. This company offers mobile applications (Android and iOS) to unify and secure (via AES 256-bit encryption in particular) several types of messaging (Exchange, Outlook, Gmail, iCloud, AOL and Yahoo) but also office and collaborative tools (Box, Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox or even Facebook for Business) as well as Saleforce.com.
“The Boxer teams that will join those of AirWatch have developed a personal information management (PIM) solution for companies that offers a container approach for the management and security of mobile applications,” said Noah Wasmer in a blog. , CTO and Vice President of Mobile Products at VMware. While Boxer’s technology will be integrated into the AirWatch offering, iOS and Android consumer apps are expected to continue to be available for download on Google Play and the App Store.