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Posted by Clement Teo on February 2, 2014
by Clement Teo and John Brand
VMware recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire AirWatch, a leading provider of enterprise mobile management and security solutions. The acquisition is expected to provide customers with the most complete solution to manage users, devices, and applications across server, desktop, and mobile environments.
But what does it mean in Asia Pacific?
VMware obviously has had to expand its penetration beyond the server-centric virtualization market. So far, it has had mixed success with selling virtualization as a platform in the region, even though it has successfully entrenched itself as a leading hypervisor provider (unfortunately, VDI has proved a difficult sell for VMware in AP). In order to gain much deeper penetration and traction, VMware needed to add an end user computing offering to its portfolio. The pairing should result in:
This acquisition will not solve all of AP organizations’ mobility challenges — and the road map for product integration and future development has yet to be announced. However, the flexibility and ease of implementation of the AirWatch offering will provide some immediate benefits, with the possibility that VMware will introduce a more integrated platform offering down the road. Ultimately, this may compel companies that have so far taken a tactical approach to reassess their needs and entertain the possibility of completely redesigning their enterprise mobile applications. However, in the short term, many organizations are already benefiting from lightweight MDM solutions that support multiple delivery models. If you’re reconsidering your mobility sourcing strategy, this report will help spur discussion.