Samsung and Good combine products to boost Android enterprise credibility

Samsung aims to extend Android's reach into corporations with Good for Samsung Knox, designed to protect the OS, apps, and data

Samsung Electronics and Good Technology hope to convince more enterprises to use Android-based smartphones and tablets, with the help of a joint offering designed to protect the OS, applications, and data.

Samsung has struggled to make a dent in the enterprise market with Knox, but is hoping that a string of partnerships will help boost the security platform's standing among CIOs. The latest result is the launch of Good for Samsung Knox, which became available today.

Using technology from both companies, Good for Samsung Knox is designed to prevent rooting of corporate Android devices, or rooted BYOD devices from accessing corporate resources. It also protects devices against Android malware that attempts to modify the kernel or system. (Rooting is a process that gives root access to the Android operating system code.)

For all this to work, enterprises have to use smartphones and tablets from Samsung and apps that have been customized for Good's containerization technology, which creates a virtual fence around apps to protect them and the data they access.

The two companies first joined forces about a year ago, but it has taken until now for them to develop a truly integrated offering. The goal is to relieve organizations of concerns about Android adoption, according to Samsung.

At the end of last year, Samsung stepped up its enterprise push. In November, the company announced a partnership with BlackBerry to integrate BES 12 (BlackBerry Enterprise Service) with Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Samsung's cooperation with BlackBerry and Good is part of a strategy to offer enterprises a bit more flexibility when it comes to the technology building blocks used to secure and manage devices. Last week, the company also announced integration with Cisco Systems' VPN platform.

These developments are a step in the right direction, but the mobile enterprise sector still has a lot of growing up to do, according to Leif-Olof Wallin, research vice president at Gartner. There is an acute shortage of standards, especially for containerization.

"It's a bit Stone Age that you can only write an app for Good's environment, and if you want it to work with MobileIron or [VMware] AirWatch you have to rework it," he said.

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