Samsung has signed a deal with networking specialists Juniper Networks to provide business customers with advanced VPN and security features for their mobile Android devices.
The companies have extended their existing relationship to take Juniper’s Junos Pulse, a mobile security and management platform, to the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.
The software integration provides a secure Layer 3 SSL VPN connection, so that the mobile users can interact securely with their enterprise networks, while also allowing IT administrators to remotely scan systems for malware, and manage and remove software. Applications can also be removed without the user’s consent.
Although this announcement is unlikely to be of any significance to most consumers, the news is more crucial for business IT departments, who have so far been slow to test and deploy Android smartphones and tablets.
"Juniper and Samsung are committed to a partnership wherein the two companies will continue to deliver secure, business-ready solutions enhancing security posture for enterprises and enabling new differentiated offerings for service providers”, said Sanjay Beri, vice president and general manager of the Junos Pulse business unit at Juniper Networks.
"We are delighted to partner with Juniper Networks using their Junos Pulse technology as they understand the needs of consumers and enterprise IT leaders in an increasingly mobile world that requires mobile security and device management”, added Jongshin Kim, vice president of the media solution center at Samsung Electronics.
In addition to Android, Junos Pulse is offered for iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry devices.