HP tackles BYOD trend with enterprise app store and mobile gateway
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.