IBM buys Fiberlink, eyes BYOD management

Summary:The company said Fiberlink's cloud mobile management and security software will be lumped into IBM's MobileFirst suite.

IBM on Wednesday acquired Fiberlink Communications in a move to fill out its bring your own device management software.

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The company said Fiberlink's cloud mobile management and security software will be lumped into IBM's MobileFirst suite.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. IBM has been building and acquiring parts to move into mobile device management security more. IBM has suites to build apps as well as security tools.

Fiberlink's MaaS360 product line will become part of IBM's software as a services portfolio. IBM will also offer Fiberlink's wares on its SoftLayer cloud infrastructure.

With more than 100 mobile device management companies, larger vendors are buying their way into the space and putting parts together with other tools for mobile commerce, collaboration and security.

Here's a screenshot of one of Fiberlink's dashboards. 

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Topics: Mobility, IBM

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