Sophos rolls out hosted version of its MDM offering
By Digital News Asia September 12, 2012
- As a hosted service, Sophos Mobile Control eliminates hardware costs and reduces time to administer MDM solutions
- Even with limited resources and expertise, device management in minutes, claims Sophos
SECURITY software vendor Sophos has announced a hosted version of its mobile device management (MDM) solution, Sophos Mobile Control, enabling partners to offer clients a choice of delivery models.
Based on the recently released Sophos Mobile Control 2.5, Sophos Mobile Control as a service allows businesses to quickly and easily deploy an MDM solution without any changes to their existing IT infrastructures, alleviating any further management burden on IT, the company said in a statement.
In addition to Sophos Mobile Control as a Service, the company is planning to introduce a full range of hosted security applications, it added.
Although a company-installed MDM solution offers advantages, it does require planning and expertise that businesses new to mobile device management often lack, which is why Sophos now offers a hosted alternative that can be implemented within minutes.
Companies using Sophos Mobile Control as a Service can complete countless tasks — from creating policies to uploading lists of users and developing Acceptable Use Policies for employee-owned devices through the web-based admin console.
The service requires nothing more than a browser on the customer premises, the company claims, and offers the benefit of no hardware on the customer site, resulting in savings to both capital and operating expenditures as no maintenance is required.
“The launch of Sophos Mobile Control as our first hosted service represents a significant milestone in our product strategy,” said Matthias Pankert, vice president, product management, Sophos.
“Security applications are rapidly moving toward the cloud to provide flexibility and scalability, which today’s businesses demand. With limited resources and a multitude of security solutions to manage, mobile devices in particular are often left uncontrolled.
“Our SaaS-based solution ensures that these devices are controlled and managed, even for small groups of users within a company,” he added.