Enterprise companies look set to get their hands on tools needed to manage mobile devices popping up on their networks, if recent announcements from Microsoft and Intel actually come to fruition.
With many analysts and other industry watchers predicting an influx of devices such as Apple's iPad and Android-based tablets in the corporate workplace, IT departments are increasingly concerned about how to manage these mobile systems and secure corporate data.
It seems that this situation has not escaped the attention of Microsoft and Intel, which have both hinted at future technologies that might help to alleviate the problem for large corporate customers.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced details of its System Center 2012 management suite, expected to ship by the end of this year, which will include the latest version of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), the product formerly known as Systems Management Server.
Microsoft said that SCCM 2012 will extend support to include Apple's iPad and iPhone devices, Symbian handsets, Android devices and Windows Phone 7, whereas earlier releases managed only Windows PCs.
"SCCM 2012 will manage a wide range of mobile devices that connect to Exchange ActiveSync, including Windows Phone, Symbian, iOS [iPads and iPhones] and Android-based devices," confirmed Cliff Evans, Microsoft's UK head of security and privacy.
Further details have yet to be disclosed, but it seems likely that SCCM will at minimum have the ability to enforce password security on all these mobile devices, and offer a remote lock or wipe capability.
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