Dell has announced plans to allow users to use its technologies to enable mobile connectivity.
Named Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) to allow mobile users to connect to a unified solution, and will be launched as an annual software subscription license across EMEA from Q1 2014. According to the company, Dell EMM provides unified security and management for remote workers and allows its Connected Security concept to get “more connected”.
Building on earlier announcements with a unified solution that provides mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), mobile content management (MCM), and a Secure Remote Access gateway (SonicWALL/SRA) to establish secure endpoints, the company said that this brings in technology acquired from other companies acquired by Dell.
Kevin Norlin, head of EMEA for Dell Software, told IT Security Guru that it took the assets from the acquisitions at the research and development level and integrated them to deliver this solution. “It uses Sonicwall technology for the network security, Quest for single sign on and Kace for the appliance capability and Secureworks for the expertise and technology to bring it together,” he said.
“We have done work on our side so users don’t have to, I cannot think of another provider with this solution and technologies with different offerings. With 100,000 users, Dell helps a lot of mobile workers and as long as they have data integrity you can have a mobile workforce. What we are trying to do is cover all requirements and try to provide somehow a bit different. It is all about supporting the mobile worker.”
According to the company, Dell EMM provides IT with a comprehensive management experience to configure and define security and compliance policies for iOS and Android smartphones; Windows, Android and iOS tablets; Linux, Mac and Windows laptops and desktops; as well as thin and zero cloud clients.
The integration also includes secure remote access with two-factor authentication and SSL VPN via technology from Dell Defender and SonicWALL, while cloud-based authentication is offered via the integration between Dell Cloud and Defender.
Norlin said: “There are solutions for the laptop, for the network and for mobile. Dell is fitting it together at another level. Who owns the endpoint? It is for all employees to protect data and need a productive solution. This is for iOS, Android, Windows, Linux – it is a unified solution to deliver a connected security approach.
“What we are trying to do is cover all requirements and try to provide somehow a bit different. It is all about supporting the mobile worker. Who cares what device or OS you are running, what are you trying to do?”