There’s plenty of technology jargon surrounding mobile computing, so let’s take a more pragmatic look at what’s really involved when you become a mobile user.
What’s Really Involved in Mobile Computing
First of all, there’s you. You have a mobile device in your hand. That mobile device runs apps (or software applications) that use data accessed across a wireless network from a data center. That’s it. Really! Pretty simple when you get down to it, but that’s only because there’s plenty of great underlying technology that makes it all work for you.
Underlying Technology: The Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite
The Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) is a great example of all of this underlying technology being deployed very effectively. Let’s look at what it does for you at each step of the mobile journey.
You have a very specific identity that is associated with the right to use various network resources including connections, data, accounts, and more. By requiring you to prove your identity when logging into your device, EMS is protecting you and your identity using Azure Active Directory Premium, a comprehensive cloud-based identity/access management solution that includes core directory services that support some of the largest cloud services with billions of authentications every week.
Azure Active Directory also makes it possible for you to access a large variety of cloud and other services using one single sign-on. Very convenient.
Mobile Device & Apps
When you talk about managing mobility, most people immediately say “MDM” referring to Mobile Device Management, and indeed your device needs to be managed. But this is not the be-all and end-all of managing mobile computing. EMS includes Windows Intune, Microsoft’s cloud-based MDM and PC management solution that helps IT enable their employees to be productive on the devices they love. Recently added capabilities include email profile management for iOS, selective wipe, iOS 7 data protection configuration, remote lock and password reset, more Android device management with support for the Samsung KNOX platform, as well as support for the update to Windows Phone. Pick your preferred device!
Also included in EMS, Microsoft Azure Rights Management (RMS) is a powerful and easy-to-use way for organizations to protect their critical information when it is at rest or in transit. Obviously, you want to make sure nobody can intercept your data in transit, but it’s just as important to keep it protected while in storage in case anybody tries to break in with hacking tools, or a subpoena! Azure RMS lets you use your own key so anyone accessing your stored data must come to you for the key to make it readable. Smart.
Azure RMS now allows you to protect your on-premises servers as well as those in the cloud.
Between Azure and Office 365, EMS makes it easy for you to let Microsoft run your data center for you. With EMS you can safely and securely reach your data on Azure from anywhere.
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