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Verizon Gets Mobile Cloud Boost From VMware's AirWatch

By - Source: Verizon

Verizon and VMware are expanding their relationship in the mobile market; the partnership will allow Verizon to add VMware's AirWatch mobile security and enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution to its product line.

Prior collaborations between the two companies have included Verizon's release of a Computing as a Service (CaaS) product in 2010, based on VMware's vCloud Datacenter, and a rollout of VMware Horizon Mobile for Android Smartphones in 2013. 

This latest VMware adoption adds AirWatch EMM to Verizon's portfolio of products, which are designed for what Verizon calls the "mobile cloud era." The renewed partnership between the two companies allows Verizon to offer solutions that include enterprise mobility management combined with endpoint security, telecom analytics, desktop virtualization, image management and bring your own device (BYOD) solutions. Read: Mobile Device Management: Vendors and Comparison Guide

The AirWatch management suite is available as a cloud based or on-premises solution; it offers the following features, that depend on the enterprises' needs:

  • Workspace management allows for safe use of BYOD by keeping business and personal data and applications on mobile devices separate through secure containerization. This containerization can include email, applications, content, and internet browsing. 
  • AirWatch includes an application catalog that allow administrators to push applications automatically when users enroll as well as allowing users to download applications from the Apple App Store, Microsoft Store, and Google Play.
  • Application wrapping can control and restrict access by applications. To avoid loss of data, mobile applications can be restricted from copy/paste, printing, screen capture and if the device is compromised applications can be blocked entirely.
  • Email is an essential part of most people's lives, and AirWatch integrates with Microsoft Exchange 2003/2007/2010/2013, Lotus Notes, Novell GroupWise, Office365/BPOS and Google Apps. As part of workspace management and containerization, business emails and the personal emails can be kept separate.

From 2011 to 2013 VMware's AirWatch was included in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Device Management. AirWatch has been included in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management (renamed from Enterprise Device Management) for 2014. Read: How to Evaluate Mobile Management Solutions

"Verizon and VMware have a rich history, and we look forward to working even more closely together to bring end-user computing solutions to customers. From desktop to laptop to tablet to phone to the Internet of Things, VMware brings the software solutions that allow end-users' device, apps, content to be securely managed, and served-up as if in an extended pane of glass, or virtual workspace. We look forward to bringing this vision to the market with a strong industry leader like Verizon," said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware.

Pricing was not quoted by Verizon. VMware lists three suites on their website with the first suite containing basic features and the higher suites containing additional options. The estimated costs on VMware's site for the three AirWatch suites are $51, $60, or $75 per device per year for a subscription-based cloud option. The on-premises solution is listed at $50, $70, and $90 for those who want to purchase a perpetual license. The perpetual licenses would also include an annual $10, $14, and $18 maintenance fee.


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