Enterprise Device Alliance Members Deliver iOS 6 Support for iPhone/iPad

October 25, 2012 in iAnnouncements (E)

[prMac.com] Sunnyvale, California - The members of the Enterprise Device Alliance (EDA) today announced support for Apple's iOS 6.0 operating system software for iPhone and iPad in enterprise environments. The cross-platform solutions available from the Enterprise Device Alliance members deliver services for iOS 6 and help organizations transition from current and previous versions to iOS 6 on all versions of the iPhone including the iPhone 5, and on all tablets including the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini.

Each member of the Enterprise Device Alliance provides products that allow organizations to leverage their existing investment in Windows management and administration infrastructure to manage both Mac and iOS systems. EDA members provide additional integration and functionality in key areas of the business that are important to deployments in enterprise environments. These solutions address issues such as endpoint management - Absolute Software; identity and access management - Centrify; multi-platform file access, synching and sharing - GroupLogic(R), an Acronis(R) company; and desktop virtualization - Parallels.

"With the growing dominance of iPhones and iPads in business, government, educational institutions of all sizes, and the near real-time deployment of upgrades of iOS, it's critical that organizations be able to secure, manage and integrate new iOS releases as soon as they become available," said T. Reid Lewis, president of the Enterprise Device Alliance. "All of the EDA members are committed to making sure that an environment of mixed PCs, Macs and mobile devices such as the latest iPhones and iPads is both successful for the users and manageable for the IT administrators."

The individual member companies' iOS 6 support includes:

Absolute Software -
Absolute Software currently supports iOS6 devices. With the native cross platform capabilities available with Absolute Manage, Absolute customers can manage and secure just about every device and operating system from a single console. They rely on Absolute to respond quickly to new releases so they can continue to provide their end users with access to the latest hardware models and operating systems available today. Absolute Manage 6.1.3 is the most recent release from Absolute Software and includes additional innovations that will improve efficiencies for IT administrators. The new software payload transfer capability allows customers to forego the time-consuming process of recreating software payload and software license definitions at each distribution point. Now these definitions can be exported and imported between distribution points, enhancing scalability and reducing administrative time and effort.

Centrify -
DirectControl for Mobile and the free Express for Mobile offerings support the Apple iOS 6 operating system for iPhones and iPads, enabling organizations to leverage Centrify's proven cloud-based security service to manage users and devices and address enterprise mobility and BYOD challenges. The Centrify solution maximizes security and visibility through centralized management and reporting of enrolled devices and installed applications, allowing IT staff to quickly and securely bring large populations of Apple and Android devices under management without having to deploy additional infrastructure, learn new skill sets, or operate yet another management console. Both DirectControl for Mobile and Express for Mobile, provide unparalleled integration with an organization's on-premise Active Directory (AD) infrastructure and Group Policy-based management tools to easily enforce and update mobile security settings. From locking or remotely wiping devices to securing access to email networks and enforcing use of passcodes, the Centrify solution enables administrators to easily assign devices to users and manage the associated properties and settings for each user's device.

GroupLogic -
GroupLogic mobilEcho(R) 4.0.1 has been certified by GroupLogic's quality assurance engineers with iOS 6 on iPhone and iPad. mobilEcho for iPhone and iPad provides secure, managed access to documents on file servers, network attached storage (NAS) and Microsoft(R) SharePoint(R) document libraries. mobilEcho on iOS 6 integrates with activEcho 2.5.1 to provide an enterprise-managed alternative to consumer solutions such as Dropbox(TM) for file sharing and synching.

Parallels -
The Parallels Mobile app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch supports iOS 6. It works with Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition and makes it simple to remotely access and run everything on your Mac, including OS X, Windows and even Windows 8 apps. Parallels Mobile supports the new iPad's Retina display when used with a Retina Mac, so your high-resolution OS X and Windows applications and files look brilliant and sharp. Parallels Mobile even lets you print from your iPad or iOS device via your Mac's printer.

The Enterprise Device Alliance is a non-profit technology group that serves as a resource for organizations deploying, integrating, and managing Macs, iPhones and iPads in Windows-managed environments. The EDA delivers free information, market data, and access to solutions that support heterogeneous environments. The EDA member companies are leading technology solution providers for cross-platform enterprises. Members of the Enterprise Device Alliance include Web Help Desk, GroupLogic, Parallels, Code 42 Software, Centrify and Absolute Software. Copyright (C) 2012 The Enterprise Device Alliance. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, iPad and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.