Aruba Networks unveils Workspace product that combines NAC, MDM, MAM
Wi-Fi provider Aruba Networks unveiled on Wednesday its WorkSpace software that integrates network access control, mobile device management and mobile application management for enterprises struggling with the flood of devices entering their networks.
WorkSpace is part of the firm's ClearPass policy management system, launched last year as its entry into the MDM space.
WorkSpace is "network fluent," meaning that it can adjust network priority for traffic, such as work applications. In addition, if an employee's device connects to an untrusted network, it can automatically set up an application-specific virtual private network to encrypt the traffic, providing the employee uninterrupted access to internal resources while safeguarding corporate data and applications, Aruba explained in a release.
If a mobile device is jail-broken or contains applications not approved by IT, WorkSpace can block network access to that device, the firm explained.
"This is the first platform that combines network access control, mobile device management and mobile application management into one single system, so that IT departments have a single pane of glass when they are trying to secure networks, devices and applications in their environment," Manav Khurana, senior director of product and solutions marketing for Aruba Networks, told FierceMobileIT.
ClearPass can also be integrated with MDM systems that have already been deployed by enterprises, Khurana explained. MDM platforms that can be integrated with ClearPass include those supplied by AirWatch, Citrix, Fiberlink, JAMF Software, MobileIron and SOTI.
Khurana said Aruba is also announcing a WorkSpace mobile app, "which is designed for employee-owned mobile devices, where individual employees have a view into their applications, devices and network access so they can self-manage their BYOD experience within the company."
In tandem with its WorkSpace product release, Aruba Networks announced that it is bringing together a number of partners to develop a mobile app ecosystem for the enterprise. So far, the ecosystem partners have developed more than 40 mobile apps that work with WorkSpace; these include mobile apps for file access and sharing, business analysis, collaboration, Office document editing and enterprise productivity.
There has been a growing trend among enterprise mobility management firms to partner with NAC vendors in order to offer combined NAC, MDM and MAM products to enterprises. This trend is being spurred by BYOD, according to a recent study by the research firm Ogren Group.