Azaleos Connects iPhone 3G, Exchange

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-07-08 Print this article Print

OneStop Services enable businesses to manage iPhones for corporate use.

Azaleos, which makes appliances that simplify control of Microsoft Exchange servers and handle e-mail archiving, said July 7 that its OneStop Services now support the soon-to-be-released iPhone 3G to provide seamless integration with Exchange servers.

Seattle-based Azaleos becomes at least the second company to hook iPhones up with Exchange. Synchronica introduced its Mobile Gateway 3.0, which supports over-the-air synchronization between Exchange and the iPhone, almost exactly a year ago. 

Connecting iPhones and Exchange is good news and bad news for enterprises. The good news is that employees can now use their personal iPhones to check e-mail on a corporate server if necessary; the bad news is that this raises security concerns for IT administrators about employees using personal devices at work.

However, Azaleos is set up to guard against misuse of the iPhone in business situations.

"The mass popularity of the iPhone has created an influx of these unmanaged devices onto business networks, which represents a major support and security challenge for IT departments," said David Ferris, president and senior analyst of Ferris Research.

"The ability to bring these devices under control with Microsoft Exchange and managed services from Azaleos is a significant step forward for organizations."

Azaleos remotely managed services enable organizations to synchronize and centrally control 3G and firmware-upgraded first-generation iPhones using Exchange. Azaleos has a history of managing Windows and non-Windows mobile devices, including the BlackBerry, which is supported by its MobileXchange service.

Last September, Azaleos expanded its OneServer product line to include a managed virtual appliance for Microsoft Exchange 2007 that supports the VMware platform.

OneStop and Exchange include constantly synced e-mail, calendars and contacts; the ability to erase all data from lost or stolen iPhones using the Remote Wipe function; and enhanced IT control not available with IMAP or POP3 accounts.

Azaleos now provides monitoring and management services for mobile devices spanning iPhones, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices. In addition, the Azaleos MobileXchange service continues to provide remote monitoring, management and administration of BlackBerry Enterprise Servers.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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