Apple buys MDM specialist to bolster enterprise credentials
Apple has acquired the cellular system administration (MDM) startup Fleetsmith in an effort to make it simpler for organizations to arrange new Mac and iOS units.
Up till now, the iPhone maker has relied on third celebration corporations to offer MDM options to its enterprise prospects.
Though Apple didn’t publicize the acquisition, Fleetsmith did in a weblog publish, saying:
“We began Fleetsmith to steadiness the administration and safety wants of IT with the expertise customers love about Mac, iPad, and iPhone. We’re pleased with the extremely gifted workforce we’ve constructed, and that we’ve stayed true to our mission: to make highly effective, safe Apple fleet administration accessible to everybody. We’re thrilled to hitch Apple. Our shared values of placing the shopper on the heart of the whole lot we do with out sacrificing privateness and safety, means we will really meet our mission, delivering Fleetsmith to companies and establishments of all sizes, world wide.”
Fleetsmith was based again in 2016 and the startup has raised $40m to date, in response to Crunchbase. The corporate’s expertise leverages Apple’s Gadget Enrollment Program and permits IT departments to rapidly carry new units on-line as soon as workers take them out of the field.
Neither Apple nor Fleetsmith disclosed the phrases of the deal although the acquisition was possible less expensive for the Cupertino-based firm than shopping for Jamf which can be an enormous title within the MDM area. Nevertheless, Jamf is not prone to be acquired anytime quickly as the corporate has a $3bn IPO within the works.
Though Fleetsmith is being acquired by Apple, the corporate says that it’ll nonetheless proceed to serve each new and present prospects. Which means that it’ll possible proceed to function independently and never simply grow to be part of Apple.
Through Ars Technica