Dell Releases SonicWall Mobile Access Platform

The platform enables administrators to configure and enforce security policies that provide context-aware authentication.

Technology giant Dell announced the newest release of the company's SonicWall-branded secure mobile access solution for managed and unmanaged bring-your-own-device environments, which combines the SonicWall Mobile Connect 3.0 application and SonicWall secure remote access series appliance 7.5.

The platform enables administrators to configure and enforce security policies that provide context-aware authentication. Mobile devices are interrogated for essential security information such as jailbreak or root status, device ID, certificate status and OS versions prior to granting access.

Devices that don’t meet policy requirements are not allowed network access and the user is notified of non-compliance, greatly reducing the chances of malware entering the network from non-IT managed devices.

"In today’s mobile workplace, it is vitally important to enable remote and mobile employees to maintain their productivity without compromising network security," Patrick Sweeney, executive director of product management for Dell Security Products, said in a statement. "The co-mingling of business and personal applications and data on mobile devices presents an even greater challenge to IT when it comes to providing users with mobile access to everything they need to do their jobs, but still protecting corporate data from the multitude of threats posed by mobile devices."

In addition, the secure remote access series management console consolidates network access control of all Web resources, file shares and client-server resources into a single location, with central administration and a single rule set for all resources and access methods.

The solution also enables organizations to deliver policy-enforced single socket layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN) access to allowed applications and resources from a multitude of device platforms including iOS, Mac OSX, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows.

The Mobile Connect app is available for free download from the Apple Store, Google Play, the Kindle Store and embedded with Windows 8.1 tablets and laptops. Mobile Connect for Mac OSX will be available in the spring, while Dell SRA series appliances are available through the channel and Dell sales.

"The Dell SonicWall secure mobile access solution provides best-in-class, context-aware authentication for both personal and company-owned devices to protect corporate networks and data from mobile threats," Sweeney said. "Our converged secure access gateway establishes and enforces granular access control policies for network resources, and further, provides mobile application management policies for our Mobile Connect app to enable secure intranet file browse and caching that protects the data."

Dell and NetSuite also announced an expanded relationship that combines the end-to-end cloud capabilities of Dell with NetSuite’s unified cloud-based business management software to deliver a holistic cloud solution to customers worldwide.

The combination is designed to provide a foundation of technology and expertise for global CIOs and CFOs to unify, grow or replace their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems across their organization.

Additionally, Dell and NetSuite provide advanced solutions for business problems through the existing Dell Boomi relationship that includes Boomi AtomSphere, a SuiteApp offering an extensive library of prebuilt connectors for NetSuite-to-SaaS and NetSuite-to-on-premise integrations.