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Sybase broadens mobile apps and device security

Joe O'Halloran

As part of a plan to broaden its mobile services portfolio, Sybase iAnywhere has re-engineered its Afaria mobile device management and security solution to now support the Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA DM) standards for device management.

The latest release of Afaria expands upon its existing device management and security capabilities by offering from a single console OMA DM-based device management functionality for a wide array of mobile device types, including laptops, smartphones and now, open standards-based smartphones and PDAs.

Afaria offers clientless device management using OMA DM standards and technology with the ability to initially provision device configurations via SMS using OMA DM. It also supports trusted server configuration allowing for silent management of devices with policy editors able to define device configuration settings for GPRS, WLAN access points, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Skinny Client Control Protocol and Cisco Call Connect. Another key feature is over-the-air application delivery, installation and activation.

“OMA is pleased to see this deployment of its DM Enablers in Sybase’s enterprise product,” said Rick Brunner, Chairman of OMA’s Board Interoperability Committee. “This deployment demonstrates further validation of OMA’s broad work in interoperability and its specific success with management objects for provisioning, diagnosing and managing clients for enterprise deployments.”

The new the solution now uses the native OMA DM client to manage Nokia S60 3rd Edition devices, including the Nokia N70, Nokia E65, Nokia E71 and the recently announced Nokia E75, as well as all other Nokia devices.

Samsung is also part of the equation and in pursuing its ambitions Sybase has entered into a partnership with Samsung SDS to deliver the handset giant’s SDS Enterprise Mobile Service over the Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP).

The SDS Enterprise Mobile Service comprises a cloud computing technology-based mobile infrastructure and backend integration with enterprise applications, such as ERP, CRM, SCM, etc. Samsung SDS will utilise Sybase’s mobile enterprise application platform within its enterprise mobile infrastructure and will share marketing and sales, as well as service development.

“Both [Sybase and Samsung] understand the market need to move beyond tactical, siloed mobile applications toward more strategic applications that significantly increase productivity and lower total cost of ownership. Sybase Unwired Platform is the perfect fit for powering enterprise mobile service offerings,” commented Seung An Park, executive vice president, Research & Business Development, Samsung SDS


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