VMware to Acquire Boxer to Enable Increased Email Security Across the Enterprise

At VMworld Europe this week, cloud and virtualisation software and services firm VMware announced its attention to acquire startup company Boxer, Inc.

Boxer has developed a mature personal information management (PIM) solution for enterprises that "offers a container approach to mobile application management and security" and the plan is to integrate the Boxer email management app into the existing AirWatch unit.

According to VMware’s End User Computing CTO and VP Product Management, Noah Wasmer, this will create a "world-class suite of services that will enable businesses to provide their employees with secure access to their email, content and apps".

Security across the enterprise is an increased challenge for IT leaders, and in a blog post Wasmer highlighted the importance of email security in particular, which with the proposed acquisition of Boxer he believes they will be able to take to the next level with a "consumer simple, enterprise secure" solution.

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Wasmar explained: "For business users, the most mission critical application is email, followed quickly by content and business apps that contain the data, insights, and information to master their job. We all love the native email experience across iOS and Android devices but what if they were optimised for businesses with the security and control that they require?

"The team at Boxer understands that enterprise IT has to earn the right to be on the user’s device by creating a consumer grade user experience that is precise and blazing fast. Boxer has carried those attributes over to their enterprise solution which aligns with the VMware End-User Computing philosophy of consumer simple and enterprise secure."

Boxer has partnered with industry leaders and supports market leading productivity, enterprise and social networking solutions including Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Gmail, iCloud, Salesforce, Twitter, Outlook and Yahoo.

The financial terms of the planned acquisition have not been disclosed.