AirWatch, the enterprise mobility management firm acquired by VMware last year, has announced a new release of its platform, focusing on simplified enrolment, broader device support and improved application lifecycle management tools.
Due to be available to customers by the end of the first quarter of 2015, AirWatch 8 is described as the firm's most significant release since its acquisition by VMware early last year.
The new version adds hundreds of console enhancements and aims to provide the most simple and secure experience for end users and IT departments, according to AirWatch.
It features a redesigned web enrolment interface to make it easier for users to register themselves and their device. AirWatch also claims to have added the ability to pre-register Intel-based Android devices so they will automatically enrol once powered on.
Support for a broader range of endpoint devices includes management capabilities for Chrome OS, with enrolment support, device details and profiles added for Chromebook devices.
This is notable as VMware integrated AirWatch into its Workspace Suite last year along with the Horizon desktop virtualisation platform, which can serve hosted Windows desktop sessions to Chromebook devices.
AirWatch has also added support for Apple's Touch ID to its multi-factor authentication capabilities, plus integration with Jasper, a platform designed for the Internet of Things (IoT).
The latter will enable AirWatch users to manage IoT devices and services on a global scale, the firm said.
AirWatch also said that AirWatch 8 includes numerous application lifecycle management improvements to help organisations deliver and monitor apps on mobile devices used by workers.
These include integration with Veracode's cloud-based application security services to provide application reputation management and scanning of apps to reduce risk from malicious software, and the ability to create blacklisted application groups and automatically run compliance checks on devices.
AirWatch 8 will also offer more flexible app deployment capabilities, enabling IT departments to configure deployment parameters across groups and prioritise deployment scheduling for an internal app.
Administrators also get an app dashboard that provides detailed application statistics, deployment schedules and version adoptions for enterprise applications.
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