Cloud enablement

Verizon Biz Supports 'Bring Your Own Device'

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has expanded its Managed Mobility services to include more devices and, more importantly, to recognize that mobile employees increasingly use their personal phones to access business apps. (See Verizon Expands Managed Mobility Options, SAP Deal.)

Verizon will now support management and security for tablets running Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iOS and Android. It will also offer firewall and anti-virus capabilities to protect enterprise data on personal mobile devices and provide new client software (incorporating VPN access capabilities) that allows workers to securely access enterprise apps. That software also enables enterprises to remove their apps from workers' personal phones.

Employers had traditionally allowed access to corporate apps and data only on devices issued to staff, but that's changing, says Clifford Cibelli, manager, product management and development for Managed Network Services at Verizon Business. More companies are now adopting a "bring-your-own device" strategy, recognizing employees want to access corporate email and other apps from their personal smartphones or tablets.

By creating a corporate "container" within an employee's personal phone using client software, it's possible for enterprises to offer that flexibility and also be able to wipe clean any corporate information or application access from an employee's phone without disturbing their personal apps.

All of this is done in the name of greater productivity, Cibelli says.

Separately, Verizon expanded its partnership with SAP AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: SAP) to allow both companies to sell Verizon Managed Mobility as a means of accessing SAP applications hosted in Verizon's business cloud.

The idea is not just to adapt SAP applications to fit on a smartphone screen but to integrate SAP data with other information -- housed in the Verizon cloud or other data centers -- to let employees act on the data being accessed, Cibelli says. That could mean, for example, enabling a sales rep to access customer data, customer locations, order/entry systems and trouble-ticket information from a smartphone or tablet and correlate that data to determine the best next move.

Why this matters
Mobility is a growing part of enterprise life, and providing secure and reliable access to mobile data and applications is a growing source of revenues for operators such as Verizon Business.

Developing and providing tools that enable enterprises to more securely manage their mobile apps encourages greater data service usage that drives revenues for both Verizon Business and Verizon Wireless. It should also help with Verizon's enterprise customer retention strategy.

For more
Verizon has been steadily adding to its managed mobility and cloud service portfolios. Here's a look at recent developments:

— Carol Wilson, Chief Editor, Events, Light Reading

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