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Quick Take: VMware Acquires AirWatch To Solidify Its Mobile Strategy

January 23, 2014


Why Read This Brief

On January 22, 2014, VMware announced its intentions to acquire mobile management vendor AirWatch for approximately $1.5 billion. This move represents the third major mobile device management (MDM) acquisition over the last 12 months by a large IT vendor with an existing PC management or virtualization offering, and part of a larger trend of consolidation between PC and mobile management tools. This is the largest MDM acquisition to date and represents a sharp pivot in VMware's mobile strategy. In this quick take, we provide our analysis of what the acquisition means for VMware, AirWatch, and the mobile management market as a whole.

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