Sybase Aims Two New Products at Securing Mobile Infrastructure

Database specialist Sybase announces that it's ready to step in and protect wireless devices and mobile e-mails.

Sybase announced in a statement Oct. 31 the launching of two new products that focuses on securing wireless devices and e-mails: Afaria 5.5 and OneBridge 5.5.

"What we have done here is significantly raise the bar on how IT can manage and secure wireless devices in the enterprise," said Joe Owen, vice president of engineering of iAnywhere, in a company statement.

"Mobile devices are evolving at a very fast pace and are becoming more and more prevalent in the enterprise."

When asked about how integrated these products are, a Sybase representative told eWEEK in an e-mail that "OneBridge and Afaria Security Manager enable interoperability across technologies to optimize wireless communications, simplify IT requirements and improve mobile user experience."

In the same correspondence to eWEEK, Dublin, Calif.-based Sybase pointed out the following integrated features of these products:

  • New secure relay architecture
  • No longer a need to open inbound server ports or firewalls to enable pushing enterprise data to mobile devices
  • No need to install or configure any components in DMZ (demilitarized zone) while using Sybase iAnywhere products in conjunction with the hosted Relay Server.
  • Connect any wireless mobile devices to their enterprise data securely without staging data outside the firewall
  • A Consolidated Push Agent: for e-mail, management and security that "listens" for push traffic from the server.

When asked if these products were built to work with other Sybase products, Sybase said "In OneBridge 5.5, we added support for SQL Anywhere.

However, one of the strengths of our platform is our heterogeneous support for backend databases, devices, operating systems and enterprise email systems."

Sybases Afaria 5.5 gives users the opportunity to manage and secure wireless devices with its updated Security Manager, wireless device provisioning, a remote control for Windows Mobile devices and a Patch Manager update.

Afarias updated Security Manager includes FIPS 140-2 compliant encryption modules, which helps businesses send important data to other mobile users under increased security directives and compliance requirements.

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The updated Security Manager also gives users their own password entry screens, improved graphics, navigation and other options that make the product easier to use while also keeping it secure.

The wireless device provisioning gives business administrators the opportunity to use Afarias management and security technology, which will let them control wireless technology.

Afaria 5.5 delivers full interoperability with the companys OneBridge 5.5, which gives users a full secure e-mail and messaging solution.

Sybase also announced the launching of OneBridge 5.5, which gives mobile users access to e-mail and other applications and includes security features.

OneBridge 5.5 is a core component of the recently announced Information Anywhere Suite, a program which focuses on converging enterprise requirements for mobile e-mail and security options, that can be operated with Afaria Security Manager, which will give users the ability to lock down their mobile devices and secure their data whether it is offline or online.

"Were excited by the new interoperability between Afaria 5.5 and OneBridge 5.5, as it enables us to broaden our portfolio offering to new and existing customers—to now include secure push e-mail," said Jeff Pack, senior manager of remote systems management at Stratapult, in a company statement.

OneBridge 5.5 will also allow users to find the contact information of a colleague within the corporate address book instead of having to download the whole address book.

The product will also support Windows Mobile Smartphone, which will be implanted with OneBridge components such as synchronization, communication, remote object access to offer a seamless mobile solution.

Both of these products will be available later in Q4 at Sybases Web site, and pricing for these products will be per-user-based and will vary depending on the product components required and the volume of users. Pricing will start at $39 per user for handhelds.

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