Sybase is to expand its offerings for remote and mobile systems with its $95m acquisition of XcelleNet.
The company will gain XcelleNet software for managing remote and mobile security, network connections and devices, and the new capabilities will become part of Sybase's Unwired Enterprise product and XcelleNet will become part of Sybase's iAnywhere Solutions subsidiary. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.
Sybase also expects to gain about 2,200 customers worldwide through privately held XcelleNet.
The company's Unwired Enterprise offering includes database, data synchronisation, application design and middleware components as well as information delivery systems for mobile devices. Sybase last year completed its acquisition of AvantGo and integrated AvantGo's mobile information service into Unwired Enterprise.
The latest acquisition will add to that toolkit device management and application management, said Terry Stepien, president of iAnywhere. Customers have been asking for those capabilities so they can keep track of the devices in the field and update the software on a broad range of devices that use different kinds of networks, he added.
XcelleNet has software to support a broad range of remote and mobile access types, from notebook computers on dial-up to Research In Motion Blackberry devices on GPRS connections. XcelleNet software can sense the change and hold back bandwidth-intensive tasks until the device gets on to the faster network.
Integration of the two companies' technology may lead to new offerings for machine-to-machine communication, such as RFID on retail products, Stepien said. That will require mobile database and data synchronisation capabilities along with device management.
Stephen Lawson writes for IDG News Service