VMware Updates Workspace ONE Remote Application Management Platform
VMware has updated Workspace ONE, its enterprise identity, application and mobile device management (MDM) platform that offers organizations a quick path to managing remote devices and the applications that they run. Workspace ONE essentially combines identity management with enterprise mobility management and as such, the platform is powered by VMware AirWatch and VMware Identity Manager. Some of the key features in the latest release include adaptive management, an identity as a service capability and options to streamline the deployment.
Workspace ONE integrates into what VMware calls the "One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device" architecture. It forms connections across public and private cloud services to deliver a single look across the organizations spread from an app installed onto devices, including mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, and laptops running Windows.
With this release, Workspace ONE features a technology called Adaptive Management, which gives organizations "just enough" management of the device so that it's easy to make available or update applications required by the users to stay connected and get their job done. This is a key feature of mobile device management, but the differentiator here is that by limiting the impact on the remote devices, a complete MDM solution is not required and the support of that environment is made much easier.
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Also in this release is an identity as a service capability that gives users a registration of sorts, which helps to identify them when they are logging into their apps. This multi-factor authentication, called VMware Verify, is integrated with managed applications and when the user requires the additional authentication method, a simple push notification is sent to the device.
Updates to the way that Workspace ONE can be deployed is another area that's been improved. The latest version has improved functionality within the Windows 10 Business Store Portal. The Windows 10 Business Store Portal can be thought of as a "stand-alone Windows store" for organizations. Once configured, the Windows 10 Business Store Portal can house all of the internal applications that an organization develops, and can also make available other apps from the Windows Store. License management for Workspace ONE is also able to be managed directly through the Windows 10 Business Store Portal, making it easy to handle adding more licenses and seeing how many licenses have already been used.
Last but not least, are additional features that allow for more direct control over the look and functionality of the mobile devices. You can control the applications' layout and arrange apps in a particular order on the home screen app layout, and override the hardware buttons so that technicians in an environmental suit are able to launch required applications through the hardware buttons on the side of the device.
Workspace ONE will be generally avaialbe this quarter directly from VMware. Pricing starts at $8 per user, per month for cloud subscriptions and $150 per user for on-premises deployments.