Forget about BYOD, Dell is targeting enterprise customers directly with a new Latitude 10 tablet configuration with advanced security features that it says are “ideal” for any organization that has to deal with government regulation and compliance rules.
Powered by Intel’s new dual-core, Z2760 Atom processor, the Latitude 10 is said to be the only dual-authentication Windows 8 tablet with both an integrated smart card and fingerprint reader, among other security features.
Dell says it’s designed the Latitude 10, with 10-inch display, especially to support government agencies, healthcare, and financial institutions that have to comply with regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS).
The computer hardware and services giant is also positioning the Latitude 10 as a better enterprise fit than the iPad because of compatibility with existing systems and legacy apps via Windows 8 and a number security features including its Dell Data Protection|Access - an integrated end point security management suite that utilizes the fingerprint and smart card reader - and Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption.
Taking on the iPad
Dell pointed to the results from tests it commissioned by testing firm Principled Technologies last month that showed the Latitude 10 performed significantly better than the iPad in at least three areas:
- It was up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive to deploy saving approximately 580 hours in system prep and applications installation.
- It was up to 99% faster for software updates, saving approximately 197 hours with automated updates.
- The tests also concluded the Dell tablet was up to 85% cheaper per device to maintain over a three-year period.
The Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security tablet launches today with worldwide availability starting at $779. Two other configurations are also available: The Latitude 10 essentials 64GB configuration starting at $579, and the Latitude 10 essentials 32GB configuration for $499.
Dell’s VP of Tablets and Performance PCs, Neil Hand claims Dell has done a better job of providing management and security features in the Latitude 10 than competing tablets.
“Other tablets being deployed in business environments can cause more harm than good in the long run with unforeseen management costs and unsecure data protection and access,” he said.
Hand discussed a number of issues related to tablet deployment in the enterprise at the TabletBiz conference last November.