What they're saying about the VMware-AirWatch acquisition

VMware's acquisition of mobile device management vendor AirWatch set the Twitterverse abuzz with comments on its market effects and high price tag.

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:

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.

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:

This was last published in January 2014

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