ManageEngine, a real-time IT management company, now manages Android devices in the latest version of its desktop and mobile device management (MDM) software, Desktop Central.
The move extends the company's MDM support to include smartphones and tablets running Google’s OS as well as devices running Apple iOS.
According to IDC
, the worldwide tablet market would hit 122.3 million units in 2012, with Android capturing 42.7% of the market. By 2016, the tablet market is predicted to reach more than 282 million units.
"The mobile usage trends will eventually drive sharp increases in demand for enterprise MDM solutions that embrace BYOD while ensuring enterprise data security," said Mathivanan Venkatachalam, director of product management at ManageEngine. “The growing Android market and increasing demand for Android support among our customer base encouraged us to add Android support to Desktop Central as quickly as possible.”
Highlights of Android MDM in ManageEngine Desktop Central
- Data wipe – IT staff can remotely wipe the data from a stolen or misplaced device or remove the corporate data from the device when an employee leaves the company to prevent confidential data falling into the wrong hands.
- Mobile application management – IT professionals can distribute and manage in-house and Google Play store apps. Technicians can distribute apps based on user requirements and track the complete inventory of all the apps installed on the mobile device.
- Configuring profile/policy – IT technicians can create polices that can restrict users from accessing the Internet (EDGE or packet data), thereby ensuring data security by preventing users from exporting corporate data. Similarly, certain device features such as camera and Bluetooth can be disabled.
- Default option to run background applications – Companies can enforce that certain, mandatory applications run on user mobile devices, to provide connectivity or to conform to enterprise policies. Desktop Central ensures these applications run at all times in the background, and users may not close them accidentally while accessing other applications.
ManageEngine Desktop Central 8 is available immediately. Prices start at $10 per computer annually for the Professional Edition. The MDM add-on module support is available on all the editions, and prices start at $15 per device annually.
The free edition of Desktop Central manages up to 25 computers and two mobile devices. A fully-functional trial version is available from the company.