News / June, 2015

VMware unveils new vision, products for Business Mobility

Wednesday 17 June 2015 | Telecomepaper. See original article here. 

VMware has unveiled its vision for Business Mobility, with plans for new systems, services and partnerships. The company's strategy is to deliver a more user and applications centric experience for companies, moving them away from client-server focused IT.

In line with the new vision, the company introduced VMware Identity Manager, which it says is the first Identity-as-a-Service offering integrated with an enterprise-class mobility management security system. The system enables enterprise identity management that meets consumer-grade expectations with secure, one-touch access to web, mobile and Windows applications. The system will be offered as a cloud service or as an on-premises solution.

Purpose-built for scale and the mobile-cloud era, the system will also get used by other VMware services, from VMware vCloud Air to VMware vRealize Air, to provide seamless single sign-on for administrators to easily work across various management interfaces. VMware Identity Manager is available immediately as part of the AirWatch by VMware Blue and Yellow Management bundles, with pricing starting at USD 150 per end-user, per year.

VMware also announced it is furthering its commitment to Apple devices and the iOS platform support, with application configuration templates and vertical systems for the healthcare, airlines, education and other industries. This will provide users with a  "single-touch" configured system for a wide variety of apps, and facilitate faster on-boarding of mobile devices in the enterprise.

Finally, VMware said 15 new partners have committed to standardizing public applications and development in the enterprise with ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise). ACE is the open standard approach for managing and securing apps deployed via enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions. Once an application developer implements ACE standards, users simply download the public-facing application and corporate resources are automatically configured, allowing users to instantly and securely use the application.

Launched earlier this year by AirWatch, Box, Cisco, Salesforce, Workday and Xamarin, new ACE members include bigtincan, Deputy, DocuSign, Dropbox, Everbridge, Imprivata, Kony, Lua, MicroStrategy, OnBase by Hyland, ScrollMotion, ServiceMax, Showpad, Syncplicity by Axway by EMC and Webalo.

In additional news, AirWatch by VMware recently made support for the AT&T Work Platform generally available. With the capabilities enabled by the platform, AirWatch customers can introduce split billing into their BYOD programmes and gain greater control of telecom costs. The system helps organisations separate personal and corporate voice, messaging and data usage, making costs more predictable, while avoiding time-consuming expense report processes.

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