IBM has announced a definitive agreement to acquire mobile management and security company Fiberlink Communications.
Expanding IBM’s MobileFirst portfolio, the deal would see IBM offer the MaaS360 cloud-based management solution and be part of more than 100 cloud services. IBM said that upon completion, it planned to offer MaaS360 on the IBM SoftLayer cloud infrastructure. Financial terms were not disclosed.
IBM said that the acquisition will offer all of its mobile resources together in one platform, with IBM Worklight, IBM Security AppScan, Tealeaf and Trusteer already offered. Additionally, the combination of IBM Endpoint Manager and MaaS360 will allow IBM to offer Unified Device Management, supporting either SaaS or on-premise deployments for all of an organization’s endpoints.
Robert LeBlanc, IBM senior vice president of Middleware Software, said: “In a mobile first world, clients require a comprehensive mobile management and security offering. Often times they integrate solutions on their own and take on unnecessary risk. To protect and enhance the complete mobile experience, it’s crucial to secure the app, user, content, data and the transaction.
“The acquisition of Fiberlink will enable us to offer these expanded capabilities to our clients, making it simple and quick to unlock the full potential of mobility.”
Jim Sheward, CEO of Fiberlink, said: “While the proliferation of mobile devices provides great flexibility and agility for organisations, it also increases the complexity to manage and protect corporate data.
“We are looking forward to becoming part of IBM’s strategy to put mobile first and deliver holistic mobile device and app management and security for today’s always-connected workforce.”