Sybase has announced the latest release of Afaria, its mobile device management and security solution. Afaria 6.5, a key component of Sybase's mobile platform, comprises new hosting options via a secure multi-tenant infrastructure, enhanced security updates, and a new policy-based model for enabling simplified device management across a range of platforms and smartphone devices, including iPhone.
In addition to providing enterprises that have multiple sites and business units with a cohesive way of managing company-issued and employee-owned devices, Afaria 6.5 now enables customers to manage various device types in hosted environments while maintaining centralized control.
To simplify the management of an increasingly mobile workforce, Afaria 6.5 now includes device identification and search enhancements, wipe and lock control options, and sophisticated profile settings. The device security capabilities are also expanded through integrated antivirus and firewall components, new application control capabilities, Nokia device encryption, and an expanded Windows Mobile data security manager feature set.
Key Features of Afaria 6.5 Include multi-tenancy infrastructure and hosting options for management of multiple sites or tenants using a single server farm; iPhone support with over-the-air provisioning, certificate-based policy enforcement and enforceable administrative policy lockdown control; application control to block (blacklist) or allow (whitelist) specific applications from being accessed by end users on Windows Mobile devices; data Security Manager enhancements including best-in-class Symbian data-at-rest encryption, increased complex password, and device lockdown capabilities; policy-based management model to increase administration ease of use; integrated antivirus and firewall features for improved security using a single connection; and open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA DM) terminal security and session control enhancements for clientless device management.
"The enterprise mobility market is constantly evolving as organizations look for new ways to manage mobile deployments and the adoption of personally-owned devices continues to rise," comments Willie Jow, vice president of Mobility Marketing, Sybase. "We are meeting the industry demand to deliver the power of Afaria management and security to a wider audience through hosted managed services and support for the iPhone."
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