Aruba Networks Combines MDM, MAM, NAC into new WorkSpace Offering
Aruba Networks (NASDAQ: ARUN) is hoping to make the process of managing mobile devices in the workplace much easier with the introduction of WorkSpace, a platform that combines mobile device management (MDM) and mobile applications management (MAM) with network access control to simplify and better secure the onslaught of personal devices connecting to corporate networks.
WorkSpace is the latest component of Aruba’s ClearPass Access Management System, which paved the way for the wireless LAN vendor to enter the mobile management fray. But WorkSpace takes ClearPass one step further, essentially bundling all the pieces of a mobility management solution into one neat package—perfect for channel partners looking for an easier to add wireless to their customers’ networks.
According to Aruba, WorkSpace is “network-fluent,” which means higher network priority can be assigned to work-related applications. (Sorry, Angry Birds.) And, should an employee’s device connect to an untrusted network, WorkSpace will establish application-specific VPNs to encrypt work-related data traffic, keeping it away from prying eyes. The platform also can restrict access with jailbroken devices or unapproved applications.
Already have an MDM solution? WorkSpace can integrate with technology from AirWatch, Citrix, Fiberlink, JAMF Software, MobileIron and SOTI “to realize a combined value of integrated, context-based network policy, device onboarding and security, and a full range of mobile device management capabilities,” according to the company.
WorkSpace sits as an application on employees’ mobile devices, enabling them to handle many tasks that previously were pushed to IT, such as managing work applications, sharing AirPrint and AirPlay devices with other users or groups and configuring guest accounts. Plus, it keeps work and play separate by provisioning a separate, encrypted area for work applications and content.
As part of the WorkSpace rollout, Aruba also announced the WorkSpace Partner Program, currently comprised of 40 vendors whose mobile applications are available to integrate with WorkSpace. The apps range from file-sharing to business analysis and collaboration, as well as enterprise-, healthcare- and education-focused apps.
WorkSpace is one of a few technologies Aruba hinted at during its annual Partner Conference in March in Las Vegas—an event light on hard news or product announcements but heavy on hints regarding the company’s strategic direction and its channel partners’ role in the company’s plans.