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VMware’s next growth spurt: All about mobile?

VMware’s Sanjay Poonen, head of the end user compute business, talks with Fortune about the future of mobile.


In January, VMware [fortune-stock symbol=”VMW”] announced that it would acquire mobile device management provider AirWatch for more than $1.5 billion. The move, decidedly aggressive, signaled a bet that the data center virtualization company’s next wave of massive growth would come on the back of mobility. For Sanjay Poonen, the newish general manager of VMware’s end-user computing business and a former SAP executive, it was also a bold first major move.

While it’s still early days for the AirWatch-VMware integration, the smaller company is an important addition to Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware’s arsenal as it tries to fend off competitor Citrix Systems [fortune-stock symbol=”CTXS”] and smaller players like newly-public mobile device management player MobileIron [fortune-stock symbol=”MOBL”].

Fortune caught up with Poonen to ask about the opportunity in mobile and where AirWatch is going next. What follows is an excerpt from the conversation.

Fortune: Did you know coming in that making it in mobile would take a large acquisition? That…

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Chris Saunders

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