As businesses expand, IT staffs often do not. When more and more people are added to the company, you will need a way to manage everyone’s devices. Whether you have corporate secrets to protect, a BYOD policy to enforce, or you just want people to stop asking you for the Wi-Fi password, mobile device management is becoming a bigger part of day to day operations. Today, VMware is proud to announce the addition of a new product, Airwatch Express!
Airwatch Express is the MDM-as-a-service offering that allows companies to manage mobile devices without going through a major investment in time or resources. At only $2.50/month/device, this offering allows a 100% cloud based management of devices that comes in at almost half the current pricing.
So what do you get in this offering. Well first, it’s 100% cloud based. No need to install and setup a solution on premises. Administrators manage devices by creating blueprints (similar to vRealize Automation). The cloud based portal walks them through 7 steps including the type of devices they want to configure, what applications are required to be installed or need to be blocked (yes you can block things like youtube), as well as mail, Wi-Fi, and encryption settings. You then assign these blueprints to your users (by either creating them in the website or using the active directory connector plugin). It couldn’t be any simpler.
As someone who has worked for a startup that had a single digit sized IT team, yet was hiring 10 new employees a week, this is a great offering to get the job done and not stress out the IT staff. While Airwatch Express might not be the most feature rich offering (it is designed as an entry level product), buyers can upgrade to other versions of Airwatch that might suit their needs better.