|[February 19, 2014]
WSO2 Launches WSO2 Enterprise Mobility Manager, Industry's Only Open Source Software for Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM)
PALO ALTO, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
The rising use of personal mobile devices within the enterprise provides
more flexibility for employees by fostering greater collaboration,
efficiency and productivity. However, bring your own device (BYOD)
policies-along with corporate-owned, personally enabled (COPE)
devices-are adding new layers of complexity to managing employees'
mobile phones and tablets. Moreover, they are introducing
vulnerabilities to the corporate applications and data residing on these
devices. Today, WSO2 introduced its answer to these challenges with the
launch of WSO2
Enterprise Mobility Manager (WSO2 EMM).
WSO2 EMM is a comprehensive product for managing an enterprise's
corporate and employee-owned devices, as well as the mobile apps running
on them. Today these include any devices and applications using the
Android (News - Alert) and Apple iOS operating systems. WSO2 EMM brings several
advantages and innovations in addressing enterprises' mobility
As the industry's only 100% open source mobile management solution, it
provides a flexible and cost-effective alternative to proprietary
An intuitive enterprise mobile app store for Android and Apple (News - Alert) iOS
applications facilitates volume purchase management and encourages
employee adoption and compliance.
WSO2 EMM is integrated with WSO2
Identity Server for robust authentication and authorization.
Extensive monitoring of mobile apps, devices and users is enabled by
integration with WSO2's big data analytics framework, including WSO2
Complex Event Processor (WSO2 CEP) for real-time analysis and WSO2
Business Activity Monitor (BAM) for batch analysis.
Like all WSO2 software, WSO2 EMM is multi-tenant and cloud-ready, so
the same software can be deployed directly on servers or in the cloud.
"In the era of the connected business, desktop computers and laptops are
being replaced by smartphones and tablets as the preferred devices for
communicating, collaborating and accessing corporate
applications-anytime, anywhere," said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, WSO2
founder and CEO. "The launch of our open source WSO2 Enterprise Mobility
Manager is helping to fuel this revolution by bringing a new level of
ease, flexibility and access to comprehensive mobile app and device
management. WSO2 EMM also marks a major extension of our commitment to
empowering enterprises to develop, integrate, optimize and protect the
applications and APIs that drive their business."
First Milestone in WSO2 Enterprise Mobility Roadmap
The launch of WSO2 EMM is the first milestone in WSO2's strategy to
support today's enterprise mobility demands. Future solutions will help
developers to write mobile applications, as well. WSO2 will deliver a
mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) and provide software developer kits
(SDKs) that help developers write secure, containerized, manageable
enterprise mobile apps.
WSO2 also will add mobile app development capabilities to WSO2
App Factory, which provides an open source, open standards approach
to cloud-enabled enterprise DevOps for continuous cloud delivery.
Additionally, WSO2 will build on the current capabilities of WSO2
API Manager for managing mobile app APIs with the integration of
WSO2 API Manager and WSO2 App Factory to help developers more easily
create enterprise mobile apps that are integrated with existing APIs.
In line with this comprehensive enterprise mobility strategy, the
WSO2Mobile subsidiary has been absorbed into WSO2's core business.
WSO2 EMM: Robust Enterprise Mobility Management
"IT leaders have made it through the first wave of enterprise mobility:
extending email/personal information management (PIM) to corporate and
personally owned devices," observes Gartner (News - Alert) in the report, Cool
Vendors in Enterprise Mobility, 2011. Gartner
goes on to write, "They now face the challenges associated with
enterprise mobility's second wave: cost-effectively extending access to
corporate and personal resources, collaboration and document management
functionality to a wide and continually changing assortment of mobile
devices and appliances."
WSO2 Enterprise Mobility Manager is designed to specifically address the
broad mobile demands enterprises face today. It features two key
components: Mobile Device Management (MDM) for securing, managing and
monitoring Android and Apple iOS-powered devices, and Mobile Application
Management (MAM) for publishing and provisioning mobile applications.
Single sign-on (SSO) functionality in WSO2 EMM means that an authorized
user can sign onto one WSO2 EMM console and then bypass the sign-on
process to access the others. It also provides the ability to connect to
existing enterprise user stores and provide access to the existing user
WSO2 EMM is built on the same modular, fully componentized
OSGi-compliant code base as the award-winning WSO2
Carbon enterprise middleware platform. Like all WSO2 middleware
products, it is inherently cloud-enabled and uses proven core framework
components that provide a consistent set of enterprise-class management,
security, logging, statistics, tracing, and clustering for high
availability and scalability, among other capabilities.
Because WSO2 EMM shares a code base with all WSO2 Carbon software, it is
pre-integrated with other products that bring robust functionality for
protecting and monitoring mobile apps and devices. WSO2 Identity Server
brings rich capabilities for authentication and authorization.
Meanwhile, WSO2's big data analytics framework enables enterprise mobile
apps, devices and their usage to be fully monitored, analyzed and acted
upon-in real-time via WSO2 CEP and via batch/report style with WSO2 BAM.
Significantly, WSO2 EMM offers proven scalability in a 1.0 product,
since it uses the same core technologies and runtime of WSO2 Carbon
already being used by enterprises around the world, including a Global
1000 company that is handling more than 1 billion API calls per day.
Mobile Device Management
The MDM server in WSO2 EMM enables organizations to secure, manage and
monitor Android and Apple iOS-powered devices irrespective of the mobile
operator, service provider, or the organization. Additional mobile
operating systems will be supported in future releases.
Users need to accept the license agreement, which states all the actions
that can be carried out on the device when enrolling with the MDM
server. MDM only controls the corporate data that is present on the
devices, while personal data is left untouched. Once employees register
their devices with the MDM server, applicable policy rules will be
enforced on their devices. At the same time, end users can delete all
the data on their devices from the MDM server, provided that they have
correctly entered the PIN code, which they set during provisioning.
Using the MDM Console, an administrator can create policies in the MDM
server and define the MDM aspect of the policy (i.e., device management
rules). EMM policies can be set at various levels, such as user,
platform and role. WSO2 EMM constantly monitors all the registered
devices for policy compliance, and it will automatically generate a
notification and carry out follow-up actions if a device is in violation
of a policy. The MDM server also gives administrators the ability to:
Enable data encryption when a device is locked. This is a mobile OS
Set password policy, change a device password, and clear a password
assigned to a device.
Access the device information, such as battery, memory, applications,
operator, root detection and location.
Configure the LDAP server on devices directly.
Delete enterprise data on devices.
Directly set device Wifi settings.
Configure Access Point (News - Alert) Network (APN) settings.
Set up device email configurations.
Enable or disable the camera on a device.
Send messages from the MDM server to devices.
Configure any CalDav supported calendar on devices.
Mobile Application Management Featuring Enterprise Mobile App Store
MAM enables organizations to control corporate applications on devices
that are enrolled with the MDM server.�It consists of three key
consoles:�Publisher, Store, and MDM Console.
The Publisher allows users to manage enterprise applications throughout
their life cycle, supporting such states such as, published,
unpublished, approved, rejected, deprecated and retired. With publisher,
users can upload a new mobile application and submit it for review, view
an application's details, publish an approved or unpublished
application, un-publish or deprecate a published application, and retire
an unpublished or deprecated application. Additionally, reviewers can
accept or reject a mobile application that has been submitted for review.
Enterprise Mobile App Store
The Store builds on the functionality of WSO2 Enterprise Store, which
launched in October 2013. It acts as a marketplace containing all
corporate Android and iOS mobile applications, which users can search,
view, rate and install on-demand. As a key part of mobile app
management, the Store facilitates volume purchase management and
encourages employees to comply with corporate policies for downloading
and using mobile app versions approved and supported by the enterprise.
Users can log into the store and bookmark the applications of their
choice, which in turn will be filtered via the My Apps page. Through the
integration of the MAM and MDM servers, employees can install
applications on their preferred devices. Advanced search options in the
Store are based on mobile application attributes, tags, and/or
categories. The Store social platform lets end users add and remove
The MAM Console lets administrators manage users, administer MAM
policies, and install or uninstall mobile applications either
individually or in bulk. Administrators can manage users together with
their assigned roles and policies. Tracking provides a comprehensive
view of all the applications on the MAM server, while offering
administrators the ability to filter the application list based on
criteria such as users, roles, installed and uninstalled. Administrators
also can define the MAM aspect of a policy (e.g., blacklisted
applications and applications to be installed upon policy enforcement)
via the MAM Console. Compliance monitoring provides the ability to
monitor the installation of any blacklisted applications.
Availability and Support
WSO2 Enterprise Mobility Manager is available today as a software
download that can run directly on servers or on top of WSO2's platform
as a service (PaaS) software; as a WSO2 Cloud Virtual Machine running on
the Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2), Linux Kernel Virtual Machine
(KVM), and VMware ESX; and as a public cloud service hosted by WSO2. As
a fully open source solution released under the Apache License 2.0, it
does not carry any licensing fees.
WSO2 EMM is backed by a world-class technical team in which the experts
that helped create the software provide support, leading to direct and
immediate access to the people with in-depth knowledge of the
middleware. WSO2 service
and support options include evaluation support, a special QuickStartSM
consulting program, development support, and production support.
WSO2 delivers on the promise of the connected business with the only
completely integrated enterprise platform that enables businesses to
build, integrate and manage their APIs, applications, and Web services
on-premises, in the cloud, and on mobile devices. Leading enterprise
customers worldwide rely on WSO2's award-winning, 100% open source
platform and its robust governance and DevOps functionality for their
mission-critical applications. Today, these businesses represent nearly
every sector: health, financial, retail, logistics, manufacturing,
travel, technology, telecom and more. Visit http://wso2.com
to learn more, or check out the WSO2 community on the WSO2
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1Gartner, "Cool Vendors in Enterprise Mobility,
2013," by Leif-Olof Wallin, Nick Jones and Monica Basso, May 1, 2013.
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