As a hybrid cloud offering, F5 Mobile App Manager opens up new opportunities for enterprises that have not yet embraced BYOD, enabling them to do so without incurring the expense of deploying and managing yet another solution in their own data centers. For organizations dissatisfied with their MDM solutions, F5 Mobile App Manager provides a secure, flexible, and cost-effective alternative that is less invasive and restrictive for employees.Details F5 Mobile App Manager complements F5’s existing unified access solutions, which provide secure, accelerated remote access and identity federation for SaaS applications. By implementing these offerings in conjunction with F5 application delivery firewall, application security, and application access management solutions, organizations can effectively protect their entire enterprise footprint. Available for both Apple iOS and Google Android mobile devices, F5 Mobile App Manager is simple and straightforward for employees to use. It provides PIN-protected and encrypted enterprise applications, including corporate email, a secure web browser, and an F5 App Store from which corporate applications and content can be securely downloaded. On the administrative side, F5 Mobile App Manager not only enables IT to better protect corporate applications and data, it greatly simplifies device management and policy enforcement. Using the management console, IT can manage individual devices or device groups, push and/or retract applications and data on a device, and lock or wipe only the secure workspace rather than the entire device. F5 Mobile App Manager delivers the following benefits to enterprises:
- Improved security – Using the App Wrapper functionality in F5 Mobile App Manager, IT can secure internally developed and third-party applications quickly and easily before making them available to employees on mobile devices. When F5 Mobile App Manager is used with BIG-IP APM, IT can create a secure application VPN for corporate applications. And because BIG-IP APM utilizes the customer’s on-premises identity stores, employee information stays on premises, minimizing the risk of identity theft.
- Improved user experience – Employees are more comfortable knowing that their personal content is completely inaccessible to IT, won’t be automatically wiped in the event a device is lost or stolen, and that device functionality (such as the camera) cannot be restricted. F5 Mobile App Manager also requires minimal storage space on the device, and because enterprise applications don’t run constantly in the background, they help preserve battery life.
- Cost savings and reduced IT overhead – Because F5 Mobile App Manager is a hybrid cloud solution, IT avoids costly hardware and infrastructure investments and saves time by managing and securing enterprise content only rather than entire devices. In addition, organizations that have been using MDM solutions reduce their VPN costs by handling only enterprise-related traffic rather than all mobile traffic (business and personal).
- Scalability – F5 Mobile App Manager can easily be scaled to meet an organization’s growing demand to support employee-owned devices. The proven scale and performance of BIG-IP APM, which supports up to 200,000 concurrent users, ensures that the mobile infrastructure scales cost effectively.
Supporting Quotes“True mobility is network infrastructure-centric because all these smartphones and tablets won’t help us do the job without pervasive access to data,” said Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst at ZK Research. “And as fast as it’s being adopted, BYOD means headaches for the IT organizations attempting to lock down more and more employee-owned devices. F5’s approach shifts the IT control point off the device and onto the network by managing and securing only those apps that employees use for work.” Availability F5 will be demoing the F5 Mobile App Manager solution in Booth #1354 at the 2013 RSA Conference in San Francisco February 25 through March 1. The F5 Mobile App Manager SaaS offering will be orderable in June 2013. Please contact a local F5 sales office for availability in specific countries. Additional Resources
- F5 Mobile App Manager – datasheet
- BYOD 2.0: Moving Beyond MDM – white paper
- Inside Look: F5 Mobile App Manager – video
- Mobile Application Manager Deployment Service
- BYOD: More than an IT Issue – DevCentral Blog Series
- Is BYO Already D? – DevCentral Blog Post
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