Cortado Corporate Server 6.5 Offers MDM Capabilities

The new version of Cortado Corporate Server features intelligent, unidirectional synchronization for enhanced mobile team collaboration.

Enterprise mobility specialist Cortado rolled out the latest release of its Corporate Server platform, version 6.5, which combines mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) with both file access and file sharing and is based on Microsoft's Active Directory platform.

For the area of enterprise access and collaboration, the new version offers intelligent, unidirectional synchronization for enhanced mobile team collaboration. The user can decide specifically which folders should be synchronized automatically, locally or on the server. A fully functional demo version of the latest version is currently available, a company release stated.

A further improvement for IT managers is offered with considerably enhanced PowerShell administration. More than 100 commands are now available for administrators to control and automate features required by users for working on the go. In addition, the latest version offers upgrades to MAM. Distributing virtual Windows apps is now possible, as is creating global, group or user-specific app blacklists for all employees within a company.

Integration with Active Directory allows Corporate Server to not only import groups from Active Directory, but ensures that user rights are continuously matched against Active Directory rights. Policies can be assigned to the imported Active Directory groups to ensure secure working on the go. If new employees are assigned to the groups with mobile rights, or if users change groups, the relevant group settings are automatically assigned.

"Cortado Corporate Server delivers a complete solution for mobile device management, mobile application management as well as mobile enterprise access and collaboration, eliminating companies' need to build their own solution from a range of individual products," Cortado CEO Carsten Mickeleit said in a statement. "Our new version further simplifies administration, improves team collaboration and increases security."

A new mobile file search in local directories and corporate drives makes searching for documents a more user-friendly process. Additional features increase security, such as support of Samsung for Enterprise (SAFE) or automated compliance enforcement, such as instantly blocking corporate access when users have not adhered to security guidelines.

With an ever-increasing number of tablets and smartphones in enterprises, the challenge for IT departments is not just to securely and productively integrate them into the business, but also to manage these devices as efficiently as possible.

Despite a shift toward greater support for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, only 37 percent of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are managing or plan to manage mobile devices using a MDM offering, according to a March survey of 991 SMB IT professionals conducted by Spiceworks and sponsored by mobility management specialist Fiberlink.

The report found companies with more than 250 employees have a higher adoption rate of MDM technologies, with 21 percent having already adopted or currently implementing and another 25 percent planning to do so within six months. Of the respondents investing in MDM technologies, more than half (53 percent) selected cloud-based products.