Oracle boosts BYOD security with Bitzer Mobile acquisition

Enterprise software firm Oracle has snapped up Bitzer Mobile, a mobile device startup aimed at improving security in bring your own device (BYOD) environments.

The smaller company's website, bitzermobile.com, now redirects to a blog post on Oracle's site, which declares that "on November 15, 2013 Oracle announced it had acquired Bitzer Mobile."

Founded in 2010, Bitzer Mobile's flagship service works by carving out a secure enclave on a mobile device, where sensitive work-related documents and data could be stored without compromising their security. Meanwhile, the device could still be used for everyday use.

The service is compatible with iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices.

In Oracle's statement, the company claims that "Bitzer Mobile augments Oracle's industry-leading portfolio of Fusion Middleware products, and is expected to be a core component to its mobile security strategy."

Oracle goes on to claim that "together, Oracle and Bitzer Mobile are expected to provide organizations with a comprehensive solution to further manage security of enterprise information held on personal and company-owned mobile devices."

The blog ends laconically: "The transaction has closed." However, no details of the buyout have been disclosed.

The acquisition will be seen by many as an attempt by the Redwood-California based software and database giant to strengthen its hand in the market for corporate data protection, in an enterprise world increasingly dominated by BYOD.

Bitzer Mobile chief executive Naeem Zafar tweeted over the weekend that "the Journey took 999 days exactly and came down with a perfect landing - happiness at bitzermobile.com"

The new comes soon after Oracle announced that it is set to increase its number of data centres to 17 with the addition of four new locations by the second quarter of 2014.

It's not clear what exactly Oracle plans to do with the company. A disclaimer at the foot of the page states "Oracle is currently reviewing the existing Bitzer Mobile product roadmap and will be providing guidance to customers."

Some of those customers might be paying pretty close attention to what happens in the next few weeks.

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