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MDM, containerization or both?

  • Lanier Norville By

A little over a year ago, analysts’ predictions had mobility enthusiasts believing doomsday was approaching for the mobile device management (MDM) industry. At the 2013 Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, a panel of analysts told attendees that the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon would lead to slashed prices, plummeting sales and the death of an industry. “Mobile device management is in chaos right now, and I think this market is going to die,” Gartner analyst John Girard told attendees (as reported by CRN.com). Girard predicted a shift toward application-level management necessitated by the BYOD trend and employee resistance to management of personal devices.

In the same panel session, Gartner fellow Neil MacDonald said that the sharpest MDM vendors “know the end is in sight, and they are building containers. They’re building out a mobile application management solution to start going down that path.” The analysts predicted a paradigm shift, in which CIOs and mobility experts would drop device-level management entirely, instead choosing more granular management of data and applications through an encrypted corporate container. Enterprise mobility, they predicted, would focus on managing the data, not the device.

Today, the market tells a slightly different story. MDM is still the preferred method for BYOD security, according to a Technavio report. As application-level management through containerization has continued to grow in popularity, MDM has kept pace. Rather than replacing one with the other, companies have realized that both MDM and application-level management are still relevant for different device deployments, and in some cases, provide additional functionality and security if they coexist together on the same device. Instead of having the MDM vs. containerization debate, enterprises should define device use cases and security requirements within the organization, and then decide which solutions best suit their needs. Organizations with all kinds of deployments – corporate-owned devices, BYOD or a combination of the two – are finding that MDM and containerization together provide flexibility, user enablement and enhanced security.

Many organizations are choosing to deploy MDM and containerization together on the same devices, for a layered approach to security. To learn about common enterprise use cases for MDM, containerization and the layered approach to security that both can provide, download the white paper.

Lanier Norville

Lanier Norville

Lanier Norville has been writing and editing for online publications for six years. Before joining AirWatch, she was the editor of three medical technology magazines including the award-winning publication TechNation.

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