Sunday, October 18, 2015

VMware Acquires Email Startup Boxer To Boost Enterprise Mobility Services

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Virtualization king VMware has acquired email management solution provider Boxer (previously known as TaskBox) to create a suite of services at providing AirWatch users with secure access to email, content and applications. The deal, which announced this week at VMware’s annual European VMware Europe event, is part of the company’s strategy to provide apps for use with its data management platform. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Boxer team will be absorbed by VMware’s AirWatch unit, they work together on a suite of secure apps for the enterprise market. Boxer will continue to sell and develop its consumer solution, which will be available via the apple and Google app stores. 

VMware’s Noah Wasmer, who called Boxer a “consumer-grade enterprise app”, said that Boxer was of particular interest to AirWatch because of its “mature personal information management solution for enterprises that offers a container approach to mobile application management and security.”

Founded in 2012 and based in Austin, Texas, Boxer develops a mature personal information management solution for enterprises that offers a container approach to mobile application management and security. Boxer’s application supports various email providers, which include Microsoft Exchange, Gmail and Google Apps, Yahoo Mail, apple iCloud, AOL Mail, and Microsoft Outlook/Hotmail. The company has strong ties with industry leaders and supports market leading productivity, enterprise and social networking solutions including Apple iCloud, Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google Gmail, Salesforce, Twitter, Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo and many more. VMware hopes that the deal will help AirWatch capture a larger market share for its mobile enterprise suite and aid AirWatch in the development of a platform that combines the simplicity of consumer tech with the security of enterprise solutions.

Noah Wasmer, CTO at VMware, said in a blog post: “For years, AirWatch has delivered mission-critical business information to mobile users, while enabling best-in-class enterprise security and a good user experience”, “However, we believe that we have only scratched the surface of the potential for business mobility, and we are taking it to the next level by further driving our vision of consumer simple, enterprise secure with Boxer.

The deal comes after Dell’s huge announcement, wherein the hardware giant agreed to pay $67 billion for storage firm EMC. The acquisition marks the largest technology company acquisition in history. Before the VMware’s deal, Boxer has raised $3 million in funding.

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