Joining the likes of VMware, Citrix, and AppSense in helping enterprises get a better handle on BYOD, HP today unveiled the HP Enterprise Cloud Services Mobility, the latest addition to its expanding Converged Cloud portfolio. The service includes file storage, an enterprise app store, and granular policies, and it supports a breadth of mobile platforms, among them iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, and Windows 8 RT.
HP handles the management and maintenance of the mobile infrastructure atop its VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) offering; there's no on-premise option for customers who would prefer administering it from the comfort of their own data center.
The solution lets users download approved enterprise applications from a secure store front, as well as synchronize files between HP's cloud infrastructure and their mobile devices. Admins have the ability to scale cloud file storage in step with their needs; there's also a local storage option for companies dealing with data-sovereignty and compliance requirements, according to HP. Mobile data is encrypted in transit and at rest.
The services components include Management Essentials and Cloud File Management. The former is a cloud-based management solution for mobile devices and applications that includes mobile security and native-application management via centrally configured and enforced policies. Management Essentials also delivers over-the-air provisioning, certificate-based policy enforcement, and enforceable administrative policy lockdown controls for mobile devices. It's built on Citrix XenMobile MDM Edition and SAP Afaria.
The Cloud File Management service lets users sync, store, and share data securely in the cloud, according to HP; they can also access all their data across all devices. Features include offline access to all files and folders; in addition, there's a Local Storage feature through which IT can store data both in HP cloud locations and on-premise.
One of the key questions in regard to the announcement is whether enterprises feel secure in entrusting a third party with the managing and maintaining a mission-critical mobile platform atop a virtualized private cloud. By HP's reckoning, the approach means lower costs thanks to shared infrastructure, as well as greater flexibility in terms of adding hundreds or thousands of new users at a time.
In terms of security, HP says its VPC is hosted in the company's highly secure data centers, and client data and processes are isolated from one another. Customers are provided their own their own virtual network compartment, and they can choose dedicated physical or virtual servers. The service employs logical unit security to isolates servers to storage devices so as to mask data from other users.
Further, VPC offers individual administrative logins, two-factor-authentication, encrypted login credentials, security log management, vulnerability scanning, multiple VLANs, and network intrusion prevention.
HP Enterprise Cloud Services Mobility is available immediately, with pricing based on such factors as the number of users.
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