Aruba BYOD Solution Unites Network, App, Device Management

Aruba Networks Inc.  announced Wednesday  a new BYOD solution called Aruba WorkSpace, which combines network access control (NAC), mobile-device management (MDM) and mobile-application management (MAM) on one platform. General availability is planned for summer.

Aruba Workspace integrates the Workspace Enterprise App Store, also announced Wednesday, which includes more than 40 enterprise applications in the areas of file access, business analysis, collaboration, document editing, education, productivity, health care and file sharing.

Robert Fenstermacher, director of product management for Aruba, told Channel Partners that BYOD initially was considered as a shift in device procurement, but now its driving change in how IT services are delivered. This broader view requires a more comprehensive solution. Besides consolidating previously separate systems into one platform, Workspace enables them to work together, taking advantage of the context in which the user is working to apply corporate mobile policies, he said.

Our intent wasnt just to have a single pane of glass,” Fenstermacher said. Now you can use the information in one function to apply to a policy in another.”

Thats because Workspace is a component of the companys ClearPass Access Management System, so its built on an enterprise network policy system that maintains information about users, their roles, their devices, ownership of devices, network use, etc.

Fenstermacher said this means that it can automatically restrict network access for devices that are jailbroken or contain unapproved apps. It also can assign higher network priority to certain applications. And, if a users device connects to an untrusted network, Aruba WorkSpace automatically can establish application-specific VPNs to encrypt traffic and provide uninterrupted access to internal resources. Or it can cause apps to become inactive when a user moves out of the approved usage area, e.g. if a nurse tries to access the patient management system outside the hospital.

Put more succinctly, Aruba Workspace can exercise controls based on:

  • Time fencing
  • Geo fencing
  • Motion sensing
  • Content
  • Device

Aruba Workspace has its own MDM functions, but also allows customers to leverage previous investments by integrating with other MDM platforms from vendors, such as AirWatch, FiberLink, JAMF Software, MobileIron and SOTI. 

By integrating with MDM functionality, Workspace can take security actions based on user identity, device, application or location. For example, mobile-device cameras can be disabled if the device is in a secure, restricted location.

Aruba WorkSpace also gives end-users the ability manage their apps and devices through a mobile client. This gives them control and also reduces the helpdesk burden on the corporate IT department. Significantly, the mobile client segregates personal and corporate apps, giving the IT department control over company information, but no visibility to the personal areas of the device.

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