Continuum teams with Fiberlink to add MDM
Continuum, a hosted managed services provider, has signed a technology partnership with Fiberlink, a mobile device management firm, which will enable Continuum's managed service providers to offer MDM to small and medium-sized businesses.
Continuum's MDM offering using Fiberlink's MaaS360 product provides end-to-end MDM that simplifies device provisioning, security, monitoring, and reporting, as well as app distribution and document sharing.
The offering, which complements Continuum's existing hosted remote monitoring and management, security and network assessment services, will give the company's MSPs a new tool for addressing the evolving BYOD environment.
Continuum's MDM product will be offered as a limited release to a small number of partners in December 2012 and will be available as a full release to all Continuum partners in the first quarter of 2013.
In the Gartner 2012 magic quadrant MDM report, Fiberlink was named an MDM market leader. Gartner Research Vice President Phil Redman told an audience at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo last month that enterprise MDM software is primarily a policy and configuration management tool for mobile handheld devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
MDM helps enterprises manage the transition to a mobile computing and communications environment by supporting security, network services, and software and hardware management across multiple OS platforms. MDM can support both corporate-owned and personally owned devices in a complex and heterogeneous environment.
The primary delivery model is on-premises, but MDM can also be offered as software as a service or through the cloud, Redman said.
The introduction of tablets into the enterprise is driving the growth of MDM. Although most enterprises are not replacing a PC or phone with a tablet, nor are they paying for them, users are purchasing and bringing their own tablets in to access enterprise data. The larger format of a tablet makes reading enterprise content easier and more convenient. It also means the need for more security and policy to manage the greater amounts of data found on these employee-owned devices, Redman explained.
The Gartner analyst predicted that close to two-thirds of enterprises will adopt MDM products for their corporate users by 2017.
As more and more employees bring their own devices to work, the security and management challenges presented to IT departments mount. MDM provides one, although not the only, option for IT to meet these challenges.