HP is now offering a cloud-based mobile management system to help IT managers keep track of employees' smartphones, notebooks and other wireless devices.
has unveiled a cloud-based mobile device management system for IT managers struggling
to keep track of the growing number of smartphones, notebooks and other wireless
devices in the workplace. HP is also looking to partner with telecommunications
companies to provide this management tool as a managed service.
rather awkwardly named HP Cloud Services Enablement for Device
Management as a Service, which HP officially rolled out Sept. 20,
supports various device
management tasks, including device configuration, distributing
diagnosing problems, enforcing security policies and protecting the
backing up the information.
is the third offering in HP's Cloud Services Enablement portfolio
, and one that
telecommunications companies can offer to customers as an on-demand solution. Wireless
and broadband companies can now offer customers a secure, customizable Web
portal for IT administrators to track and manage all employee devices.
fact that HP is looking to partner with telecommunications companies to offer
this type of managed service is not surprising considering the changes in the
workplace and how IT managers must account for an increasing number of mobile
devices that employees use.
turn, mobile device management offers opportunities for communications service
providers, especially considering the potential service fees that can be
collected through cloud-based management services. As the workforce becomes
increasingly mobile and remote workers become more common, enterprises must
support a wide array of mobile devices, networks, operating systems and
the HP solution, they can leverage the advantages of the cloud, efficiently
manage a company's mobile devices and, ultimately, build a new business for
themselves," said Tim Marsden, director of HP's Communications and Media
Solutions division, in a statement.
(Device Management as a service) joins other cloud-based services announced in the past year as part of the
company's end-to-end HP Cloud Services Enablement portfolio. IAAS (Infrastructure as a service
includes large-scale, utility-priced computing and storage services, while CAAS
(communications as a service)
is comprised of applications such as self-service
interactive voice response, video surveillance, unified communications and IP
cloud computing has generally focused on the data center and Web applications
in the past, there are many other opportunities for communications service
providers to monetize cloud services. HP's CSE specifically targets
telecommunications companies by providing them with cloud-ready middleware with
self-service and automation features to offer customers.
CSE for DMAAS leverages HP's Aggregation Platform for SAAS
(software as a
service), which acts as a mediation layer between HP Mobile Device Management,
the service provider's operation and business support systems and the customer's IT environment.
HP software automates key processes for mobile device management, such as
integrating and managing third-party SAAS services and other capabilities, and
enables service and user management. With HP Cloud Service Automation, the
applications can tightly integrate with other systems, such as the customer's
data and billing systems. The HP BladeSystem Matrix on the aggregation
platform delivers pay-as-you-go network and computer resources.
HP is providing the cloud delivery and functionality to integrate with
operating and business support systems, the actual mobile device management
solution is from Mformation Technologies
, which provides MDM software to