VMware's AirWatch acquisition set the tech industry abuzz, thanks to its potential effects on the market and its 10-figure price tag.
VMware began its slow march into enterprise mobility management (EMM) in 2008, but the AirWatch acquisition finally cements the company's commitment to the market. As the news broke early in the morning of Jan. 22, pundits took to Twitter to weigh in on its ramifications for VMware, mobile device management (MDM) and the EMM market overall:
MyPOV: If you're a big vendor and aren't addressing from Backend (DC/cloud) to the endpoint you become irrelevant
— Brian Katz (@bmkatz) January 22, 2014
Society is changing HOW it works & the medium(s) to access information. In attendance to those facts, tech changes. Good choice, VMware
— Adam D (@AD_Renaissance) January 22, 2014
VMWare acquisition of AirWatch is another step in the market evolution toward endpoint agnostic management: Windows, iOS, Android, MacOS.
— Paul DeBeasi (@pdebeasi) January 22, 2014
— Dana Gardner (@Dana_Gardner) January 22, 2014
Others focused on the financial details of VMware's AirWatch acquisition. The deal will cost VMware $1.175 billion in cash, plus another $365 million in installments.
— Daniel Teixeira (@DanuTex) January 22, 2014
Jeebus.. a bil?? For MDM?
— Tal Klein (@VirtualTal) January 22, 2014
The VMware-AirWatch acquisition is the latest in a long line of deals involving traditional IT vendors and EMM providers. Notably, VMware's virtualization rival Citrix previously acquired Zenprise and used the technology to create its XenMobile product. Here's what some observers had to say about that rivalry and competition with other EMM vendors:
bigger mobile security competitor for BlackBerry in the form of VMWare with today's announced purchase of Airwatch http://t.co/adLhLNYva0— Kevin Restivo (@krestivo) January 22, 2014