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VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management Review

VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management Review

VMware's AirWatch is one of the top choices for enterprise mobility management today. We take a hands-on look at the EMM platform's integration, compatibility, capabilities, key features, architecture, administration, security and support.

The AirWatch enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform was developed from the ground up to be easy to use, highly scalable, capable of integrating with existing enterprise systems, and to offer the flexibility of deployment in the cloud or on-premises. Originally founded in 2003 by Atlanta-based software veterans and acquired by VMware for $1.5 billion in early 2014, AirWatch continues to innovate and expand its value proposition through direct product enhancements, strong alliance partnerships and a blossoming ecosystem across VMware and EMC.

There are four aspects to the AirWatch value proposition:

  • Unified development platform
  • Broad mobility solution set
  • Multi-tenant, highly-scalable architecture
  • Advanced integration within the enterprise ecosystem

By developing all of its EMM components in-house, AirWatch offers a single unified administration console, including integrated management tools and a simplified user experience. This also helps to make supporting and upgrading the AirWatch platform easy for IT professionals. AirWatch has an incredibly broad mobility solution set. Starting with mobile device management (MDM), geared towards managing just about any mobile device, running on any platform and encompassing any deployment type, including bring your own device (BYOD) and corporate-owned, personally-enabled (COPE) models.

The platform's extensive multi-tenancy and scalability capabilities are capable of supporting tens of thousands of devices. Enterprise customers have validated this, not only through a large number of devices, but also with a fragmented ecosystem of mobile operating systems and original device manufacturers (ODMs). Furthermore, AirWatch fits most businesses types, from small companies with a single administrator to multinational organizations with locations around the world.

Review Highlights

VMware's AirWatch is one of the premier choices for enterprise mobility management. Predominantly focused on mobile device management, AirWatch is grounded in the notion of "mobility everywhere," making access to enterprise resources and device control as seamless as possible. As a mobile-first provider, AirWatch excels in device security and configuration management, extending to endpoint management and app enablement.

The management console and the MyAirWatch documentation and support portal are everything IT admins need to get up and running and manage one to nearly infinite number devices. There is not only a compelling management case, but also that of ease-of-use, peace of mind and general usability. We give the company additional commendations for its ever-growing partner channel and focus on emerging areas of value.

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