A Few Reasons Why VMware bought AirWatch

It’s still early but 2014 is shaping up to be highlighted by M&A activity. The VMware/AirWatch marriage is the latest example.

So why was VMware willing to spend $1.5+ billion for an MDM leader? The easy answer is that the world is going mobile – new application development is focused on mobile or web applications alone while PCs are moving closer to mainframe status. AirWatch immediately bolsters VMware’s play for endpoint computing as well with mobile complementing virtual desktop technology.

Topics: IBM Cloud Computing MDM VMware Information and Risk Management mobile Security and Privacy Security Citrix Mobile computing Fiberlink Good Technology Virtualization Airwatch MobileIron wireless Zenprise

Cisco Expands Wireless Capabilities with Ubiquisys Buy

In-building mobile coverage is often a problem for both mobile operators’ customers and enterprise employees. With its acquisition of UK-based small mobile cell maker Ubiquisys on April 3rd for about $310M, WLAN leader Cisco is increasingly well positioned to not only solve mobile in-building coverage, but also to integrate mobile calling, Wi-Fi, and voice key systems/PBX via automated location-based services for more seamless, user friendly, and higher fidelity voice communications.

While smartphones can easily transfer to Wi-Fi for data, they can’t yet do so for voice, and enterprise support for BYOD brings an expectation of being able to make and receive mobile calls on smartphones regardless of device or mobile operator. And for the enterprise sales force in particular, missing prospects’ calls can mean lost sales when a competitor answers the phone first. Integration of emerging high definition mobile VoLTE with enterprise VoWi-Fi/PBX could one day make multiple phone numbers, complex follow-me configuration and voice-mail-jail a thing of the past. The time is upon us for a clean sheet approach to voice calling that offloads the need for human action onto the network.

Topics: End-User Computing Cisco Networking mobile wireless

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Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Networking wireless cloud networking

Bring Your Own Unified Network – HP launches Unified Wired and Wireless Solution with SDN for campus and branch networks

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives are having a significant impact on organizations' campus and branch network environments. In fact, one could argue that BYOD is rapidly becoming BYO3 as employees bring smartphones and tablets to work along with a laptop and all these devices are most likely leveraging corporate or guest WiFi services. It is not uncommon for an enterprise to see wireless connections spike by thousands of devices after a major holiday or new product release. However, this can create significant issues for IT when trying to deal with a surge in connections and contain any security threats. Legacy networks that require separate management of wired and wireless environments only compound the problem.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking HP BYOD software-defined networking SDN wireless Bring Your Own Device