IBM buys mobile device management/security software firm

|By:, SA News Editor

IBM is acquiring Fiberlink Communications, a player in the growing and hotly competitive mobile device management (MDM) software space. Fiberlink also provides mobile security and app management software. As usual, deal terms are undisclosed. (PR)

The acquisition puts IBM into competition with a list of MDM/app management vendors that includes SAP, Citrix, BlackBerry, and private Good Technology and AirWatch.

Big Blue says it will add Fiberlink's cloud-based offerings to its MobileFirst enterprise mobile software platform, and will help it deliver "a comprehensive mobile management and security offering" to companies embracing the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend.

The deal comes six weeks after IBM acquired (in rapid succession) mobile analytics software firm The Now Factory, and mobile messaging/ad promotion firm Xtify.