ADC provider F5 enters enterprise mobility market with app manager

Enterprises can extend corporate applications to devices while leaving personal content untouched
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F5 Networks, a leading provider of application delivery controllers, has entered the enterprise mobility management market with the launch of its hybrid cloud-based F5 Mobile App Manager.

Using the product, enterprises can extend corporate applications and data to personally owned devices, while leaving personal content under the control of the employee, the company explained in a release.

The F5 Mobile App Manager accommodates both Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android devices.

It securely connects corporate applications to the enterprise network, and it manages only the enterprise content and applications on a device rather than the entire device itself, according to F5 Networks.

The platform 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 downloaded.

Using the management console, IT can manage individual mobile devices or device groups, push and retract applications and data on a device, and lock or wipe the secure workspace rather than the entire device.

The platform includes a feature that enables employees to copy information from personal apps to corporate apps, but not back to the personal apps, explained an article by Network World.

Enterprise app developers can use the app wrapper function to develop enterprise and third-party applications before making them available to employees. In combination with the BIG-IP APM, the IT department can create a secure application virtual private network for corporate applications.

For more:
- see F5 Networks' release

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