IBM to boost BYOD capabilities with Fiberlink Communications acquisition

14 Nov 2013

Tech titan IBM is to acquire mobile management and security company Fiberlink Communications for an undisclosed sum in an effort to expand its bring-your-own-device (BYOD) capabilities.

With Fiberlink’s MaaS360 cloud-based offerings, IBM will extend its capabilities around the consumerisation of IT to deliver a mobile management and security solution through IBM MobileFirst.

IBM said this move is a milestone in its strategy to build a comprehensive set of mobile capabilities while reducing barriers to adoption and accelerating the productivity benefits of mobility.

At the same time, IBM is also working to expand its vision for enterprise mobility management to also include secure transactions between businesses, partners and customers.   

Under the deal, MaaS360 will become part of IBM’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) portfolio of more than 100 cloud services. IBM plans to offer MaaS360 on the IBM SoftLayer cloud infrastructure. 

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic