Japanese telecommunications provider SoftBank Telecom announced Wednesday in a press release that it will offer AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management to its customers. Softbank, whose parent company owns a large share in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, will link its own cloud and network services with AirWatch.
AirWatch can interoperate with SoftBank Telecom’s services, such as remote access, as well as with customers’ existing systems. This interoperability enables automatic VPN connectivity, so users don’t have to enter their credentials to connect to enterprise resources, as well as support for Microsoft’s Active Directory. Active Directory integration enables administrators to take advantage of existing groups to manage users and devices. SoftBank Telecom provides hosting of the relay server that links with Active Directory.
The announcement highlights AirWatch’s growth in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, where the user conference AirWatch Connect Sydney has just come to a close. In Australia,the analyst firm Frost & Sullivan recently named AirWatch MDM a “champion” in its Industry Quotient report. Last month, AirWatch ASEAN director Edwin Lee spoke at FutureGov Malaysia about leveraging EMM in local government organizations.
Here’s what SoftBank and AirWatch company leaders had to say about Wednesday’s announcement.
John Marshall, Senior Vice President and General Manger, AirWatch:
“As a leading communications operator in Japan, SoftBank Telecom will bring mobile expertise and quality of support to the industry’s leading Enterprise Mobile Management and Security platform, AirWatch by VMware, helping customers to implement their mobile initiatives and accelerate mobile innovation for end users. Our valued partnership with SoftBank, builds on the VMware vCloud® Air™ partnership with SoftBank Telecom Corp. and SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp., and will better enable the mobile workplace transformation taking place within Japanese organizations.”
Ken Miyauchi, Representative Director & COO of SoftBank Telecom:
“As a trusted and comprehensive enterprise mobility solution, AirWatch by VMware will provide the security, scalability and global presence that our customers require to drive their mobility initiatives forward. We are pleased to extend our partnership with VMware to offer AirWatch solutions backed by the quality of products and support SoftBank delivers to enable the next generation of mobile innovation in Japan.”