AppSense Makes BYOD Specialist RAPsphere Its First Acquisition

The addition of RAPsphere will give the AppSense platform greater BYOD controls and improved management of enterprise users, the company said.

Virtualized desktop system provider AppSense on May 8 announced that it has acquired RAPsphere, a maker of software that enables CIOs to embrace BYOD in the enterprise while protecting corporate applications and data on mobile devices.

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BYOD signifies "bring your own device," which large numbers of enterprise employees want to do at work, rather than have to carry a separate company smartphone or other mobile PC.

Terms of the transaction were not released. This marks the first acquisition made by New York-based AppSense; it will expand the application of user virtualization across the mobile enterprise, the company said.

AppSense's User Virtualization Platform enables enterprises to consumerize their data management. Users can bring in whatever device they have and, using AppSense's software, IT departments can configure them to access corporate data from that device.

Another feature is that users can work and save documents online or offline as needed. Not all virtual desktop deployments offer that kind of flexibility.

The addition of RAPsphere will give the platform greater controls and improved management of enterprise users, the company said.

RAPsphere, a Redwood City, Calif.-based startup, was co-founded by Ravi Khatod, Ajay Arora and Prakash Linga. Upon the closing of the transaction, all of its employees will join AppSense.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed within the second quarter, AppSense said.

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