VMware announced Tuesday that it's bringing support for enterprise smart glasses to the AirWatch enterprise mobility management platform. VMware says the addition of new smart glasses management features to AirWatch will make it easier for businesses to apply onboarding, network setup, and app deployment tools to augmented and mixed reality devices running Android. The deal also includes partnerships between VMware AirWatch and some of the leading smart glasses vendors including APX Labs, Atheer, Intel, ODG, and VUZIX Corp. This means devices from any of these manufacturers can be fully managed alongside VMware AirWatch deployed devices. "Having wearable management now built into the VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management platform is a huge step forward in removing barriers to large scale adoption across the type of global customers we work with, and that's paramount to not only our growth, but the growth of the entire industry," Brian Ballard, CEO of APX Labs, said in a statement.
The new Dell PCaaS options are available for OptiPlex desktops, as well as Latitude laptops and Dell Precision workstations. Dell on Tuesday announced an expanded PC-as-a-service (PCaaS) offering with new features and services, designed to streamline PC management for companies appealing to a more tech-savvy workforce.
EMC-owned VMware is rolling out a new mobile mail, calendar, and contacts app for VMware AirWatch and Workspace ONE customers. Dubbed VMware Boxer, the app is touted to have enterprise-level security features packaged in a consumer-grade user experience. Most of the technology powering the app stems from VMware's acquisition of Austin-based email startup Boxer last October. When VMware bought Boxer, the goal was to merge the startup with AirWatch to bolster VMware's suite of enterprise mobility management services revolving around secure access to email, content and apps. VMware was drawn to Boxer by its personal information management (PIM) product for iOS and Android devices, which uses a container approach to app management and security.
Vendor saturation is one of the biggest challenges currently plaguing the cybersecurity market, according to system engineer security for Cisco Systems Ronny Guillaume, who is concerned that organisations are surrounded by too much noise to truly understand what it is they actually need to protect their business. "Studies have shown that companies have up to 70 different security vendors installed and in their company to solve problems," he said. "Now imagine if you had to go and look at 70 different security products and understand what's going on within your specific network -- it's almost impossible." Speaking in Sydney on Tuesday, Guillaume pointed to the data breach that plagued US discount retail giant Target nearly three years ago. Attackers gained access to Target's network after a phishing email duped an employee of Target third-party vendor Fazio Mechanical, allowing Citadel, a password-stealing bot variant, to be installed on Fazio computers.
Google on Thursday is announcing new security features and partnerships for Chrome Enterprise that, Google says, will help ensure Chrome Enterprise is "the most secure endpoint solution for businesses in the cloud." Google released Chrome Enterprise in August 2017 to ultimately serve as an endpoint for Google Cloud's suite of products. And as Google points out in Thursday's blog post, endpoint security is increasingly important for the enterprise. With that in mind, Chrome Enterprise was launched with VMware AirWatch as an enterprise mobility management (EMM) partner. Google on Thursday is adding four more EMM partners from which customers can choose: Cisco Meraki, IBM MaaS360, Citrix XenMobile and ManageEngine Mobile Device Manager Plus (a division of Zoho Corp).