VXL Software just unveiled the latest version of its device management suite, Fusion Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM). The suite can manage mobile devices along with desktop and laptop PCs, servers and network-connected devices, according to a release from the company.
The software developer’s tool was first aimed at mobile devices alone, but is now intertwined with Fusion UDM Premium. VXL’s VP of worldwide sales Frank Noon said this should simplify the lives of customers and save them cash. He went on to say that the suite incorporates two products, a mobile-device manager and fixed-device manager.
“Previously, this required two servers – with two sets of server licensing costs. Building the desktop-management capabilities of Fusion UDM Premium into Fusion EMM halves those costs, because only one server is needed,” Noon said.
A comprehensive feature set with agentless discovery; monitoring and analytics; app, browser, device, e-mail and content management; security management are just some of the features the new suite boasts.
“I’d say that our previous product was the best priced on the market,” Noon said, “but the new combination of mobile and fixed device management, without any increase in price – and massively reduced total cost of ownership – makes it unbeatable.”
I spoke to Noon via telephone and he told me that VXL has put efforts into both sides of this, while their competitors are primarily focusing only on one. Not to mention that mobile vendors have ignored the SMB space, according to Noon, but Fusion EMM’s pricing strategy allows SMB’s to take advantage of this tool that is “feature-rich” yet about a quarter of the price of similar tools on the market, according to Noon.
The new suite also caters to businesses with a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.
“Millennials use about 2.8 devices, not sure where that .8 comes from,” Noon told me, but they are approaching three devices.
With millennials overflowing into the workforce, it’s more important now than ever before to have a BYOD policy in place to protect corporate data. As soon as a user accesses a VPN at work, their private icons disappear and professional icons are ready for use, Noon told me. And once they have left the VPN, their private icons are restored.
Fusion EMM can work with devices running VXL Linux; Windows 7 and 10 Professional; Windows Embedded 7, 8 and 10 IoT; Windows Mobile; Windows POS; Android; iOS; and MacOS, all from a single console. It’s available right now and prospective buyers can try it for free by downloading an evaluation copy from VXL Software’s website.
VXL Software will also be demonstrating at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona between February 27 and March 2 if you’d like to see it in action.