VMware Inc., the biggest maker of software that lets computers run different operating systems, agreed to buy AirWatch for as much as $1.54 billion to add enterprise mobile management and security services.

Closely held AirWatch, based in Atlanta, has more than 10,000 customers globally and 1,600 employees in nine offices around the world. VMware will pay $1.175 billion in cash and $365 million in installment payments and assumed unvested equity, according to a statement today.

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