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ManageEngine adds Android support to MDM suite

Features include policy enforcement, feature disablement

ManageEngine adds Android support to MDM suite
Venkatachalam: The growing Android market encouraged us to add support [for the platform] as quickly as possible.

Real-time IT management specialist ManageEngine today announced that the latest version of its desktop and mobile device management (MDM) software, better known as Desktop Central, can now manage Android devices as well as devices running Apple iOS.

Android remains a dominant player in the mobile device market. IDC estimates the worldwide tablet market hit 122.3 million units in 2012, with Android capturing 42.7% of the market. By 2016, the tablet market is predicted to reach 282.7 million units. According to Strategy Analytics figures the platform's share of the smartphone market is 70.1% as of Q4 2012.

Android's market success is being driven by factors such as its open source platform and the variety of Android devices, both in functionality and pricing. Enterprise is expected to continue to feel the impact of increased Android adoption as a growing number of users request access to corporate data from their personal Android devices in the growing BYOD (bring your own device) culture.

"The mobile usage trends will eventually drive sharp increases in demand for enterprise MDM solutions that embrace BYOD while ensuring enterprise data security," said Mathivanan Venkatachalam, director of product management at ManageEngine.

"The growing Android market and increasing demand for Android support among our customer base encouraged us to add Android support to Desktop Central as quickly as possible."

Features of Android MDM in Desktop Central include a data-wipe tool that allows IT staff to remotely clean a stolen or misplaced device or remove the corporate data from the device when an employee leaves the company to prevent confidential data falling into the wrong hands.

Other functionality includes mobile application management where technicians can distribute apps and track inventory; profile and policy configuration that can restrict users from accessing the Internet (EDGE or packet data) or disable device features such as camera and Bluetooth; and a default option to run corporate-mandated background applications to provide connectivity or to conform to enterprise policies, and to ensure that these apps can never be closed down, even accidentally.

Support for Android devices in Desktop Central follows the recent inclusion of iOS MDM capabilities.

Desktop Central 8 is available immediately. Prices start at $10 per computer annually for the Professional Edition. The MDM add-on module support is available on all the editions, and prices start at $15 per device annually. The free edition of Desktop Central manages up to 25 computers and two mobile devices. A free, fully-functional trial version is available at http://www.manageengine.com/products/desktop-central/download.html.

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