HP tackles BYOD trend with enterprise app store and mobile gateway

by Doug Drinkwater

April 19 2012

HP is launching a new enterprise mobility solution, which aims to enable service providers and enterprises to embrace the growing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend for smartphones and tablets in the workplace.

Company officials yesterday revealed that the enterprise mobility platform will consist of the HP Enterprise Mobile App Store and HP Enterprise Mobile Gateway.

The former will support iOS, Android and possibly even webOS apps, and will be hosted at service provider sites and managed for enterprises, essentially making it a portal for businesses to push their own and third-party applications to employees. These employees will be able to browse for an array of different apps, although business managers will be able to restrict app access if necessary.

HP’s Enterprise Mobility Gateway will meanwhile act as the platform through which employees can access these mobile apps, and HP says that the gateway can be hosted via the cloud, a service provider or the enterprise. And in addition to offering access to app content, HP officials say that the gateway will enable the offline viewing of data, but all while securely projected by authentication and authorization. Enterprises will also have management tools to measure and report usage.

HP’s Enterprise Mobility solution will be available from service providers or directly from HP.

Earlier in the year, HP CEO Meg Whitman announced that the firm would be launching a secure Windows 8 tablet, in a bid to target those business bring-your-own-device schemes.

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  • Naeem Zafar
    2 years 7 months ago

    HP is responding to the BYOD trend that has engulfed enterprises and offering it through CSPs will ensure widespread acceptance. Enterprises recognize that authentication and data security is more important than just ensuring device security.

    When implementing a platform to manage apps, a solution that can consolidates all enterprise apps within a single secure container and runs as a native app on the mobile device should be foremost consideration. Any security minded CIO will want to ensure clear isolation between corporate and personal information and ensure that the solution addresses data leakage prevention.

    Naeem Zafar, @naeem
    CEO, Bitzer Mobile

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