Aerohive, JAMF Partner on Enterprise-grade Management of Apple Devices

By Jessica Binns, Contributing Editor — June 25, 2012

Aerohive Networks, controller-less Wi-Fi and cloud-enabled networking company, has integrated its enterprise Wi-Fi products with the JAMF Software Casper Suite, a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution for Apple devices. Aerohive and JAMF Software have teamed up to develop a new solution that enables comprehensive management of Apple devices, control of eBook and App distribution, and automates and enforces enrollment of devices to ensure compliance with school policy.

A major issue facing mobile device deployment in schools is enrolling new devices, either provided by the school or brought in by students, with a mobile device management profile. In many cases, there is no way to enforce a policy for students to install the profile, and many know how to uninstall it once it is installed. The Aerohive/JAMF Software solution automates the enrollment process by ensuring devices without the profile are not granted access while redirecting the devices to the enrollment page. If the student uninstalls the profile, network access is automatically disabled and the student is forced to re-enroll. Additionally, the Casper Suite interface provides the capability to alert if there has been tampering with the profile.

"The integration of WLAN with MDM is a natural, complementary and evolutionary approach to supporting the complexity of BYOD and consumer-oriented mobile devices," said Philip Clarke, research analyst, Nemertes Research.

Combining best-in-class technologies, the new Aerohive and JAMF Software solution integrates intelligent Wi-Fi access with a leading MDM solution to create a complete, simple management and network access solution for Apple devices in schools and enterprises.

"As the first school in Tennessee to implement a 1:1 iPad program, Columbia University was faced with the monumental challenge of finding a mobile device management solution that could support our network infrastructure and provide us with inventory management, software distribution and access anywhere," said Eric Karkau, director of information technology at Columbia Academy. "Deploying Aerohive and JAMF Software's MDM solution has given us granular control of our 1:1 iPad program. Their customer service and technical support has been valuable beyond measure, and I strongly recommend both of these products in virtually any size deployment."

Aerohive's HiveOS provides enterprise-class network control and access with controller-less Wi-Fi functionality including: remote monitoring, troubleshooting, SLA compliance, airtime management and built-in spectrum analysis.

JAMF Software's Casper Suite offers features and functions that provide IT administrators with best practice strategies to meet the challenges of supporting Mac OS X and iOS in the enterprise.

This comprehensive solution allows administrators to manage, control and maintain Apple devices by collecting inventory information, managing eBook and app distribution and enforcing device security and network access permissions.

"As the first school in Tennessee to implement a 1:1 iPad program, Columbia University was faced with the monumental challenge of finding a mobile device management solution that could support our network infrastructure and provide us with inventory management, software distribution and access anywhere," said Eric Karkau, director of information technology at Columbia Academy. "Deploying Aerohive and JAMF Software's MDM solution has given us granular control of our 1:1 iPad program. Their customer service and technical support has been valuable beyond measure, and I strongly recommend both of these products in virtually any size deployment."


Pricing and Availability

Aerohive's HiveOS/HiveManager 5.1 will be available in July 2012 and MDM enrollment is included as a free feature for this solution. For educational institutions, JAMF Software waives the licensing fee for the Casper Suite.



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