VMware buys email startup Boxer, will merge with AirWatch

VMware was drawn to Boxer by its enterprise-grade personal information management (PIM) product for iOS and Android devices, which uses a container approach to app management and security.

The M&A activity continues within the EMC Federation this week, with news that VMware has acquired the small Austin-based email startup Boxer.

VMware said it plans to merge Boxer with AirWatch to bolster its suite of enterprise mobility management services revolving around secure access to email, content and apps.

Boxer offers both a consumer and business version of its mobility management platform, but VMware was drawn to Boxer by its enterprise-grade personal information management (PIM) product for iOS and Android devices, which uses a container approach to app management and security.

The company also created a consumer-grade user experience that VMware CTO Noah Wasmer describes as "precise and blazing fast."

"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," Wasmer wrote in a blog post.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, however Boxer previously raised $3 million in funding.

As for EMC, the company is currently in the process of a $67 billion merger with Dell, which will create the largest privately held integrated technology company in the market. VMware will remain part of the EMC Federation, although analysts analysts hoped it would be spun out completely.

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