IBM: Manage mobile, non-mobile devices from one platform


The Western New York Regional Information Center is tasked with managing hundreds of thousands of computing endpoints at over 100 school districts. Increasingly, teachers, administrators and students want to use their smartphones and tablets to connect to the school network, making management and security more complicated. Historically, to update security protection on computers and servers, someone had to drive to every site and manually conduct the updates.

With a new mobile security and management software platform from IBM--called Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices--the Center can accomplish this task automatically, IBM said this week. What's more, the new platform enables the Center to automate power settings and save an estimated $3.2 million annually.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) publicly unveiled the Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices Tuesday, touting its ability to manage smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops and servers from a single product. The platform works with Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) Symbian, and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows Mobile and Windows Phone devices.

It only takes a few hours to install the software, and it allows IT staff to set policies remotely, wipe data and detect potential data leaks. It can assist in enforcing password policies and in configuring network settings. It automatically identifies non-compliant devices and denies them email access or issues user notifications.

For more:
- see the IBM release

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