Odyssey Software (News - Alert), a provider of mobile device management solutions for enterprises, has revealed that its award winning Athena software now supports Kindle Fire, an extremely popular tablet from Amazon.
The demand for mobile device management solutions is fueled by the influx of employee-owned or "BYOD" devices being brought into the corporate environment. This scenario has created tremendous challenge for IT administrators.
Kindle Fire from Amazon runs on Google Android (News - Alert), the open source platform that has emerged as the No.1 smartphone OS in the U.S., beating stiff competition from both Apple and RIM. Amazon sold millions of Kindle Fire devices in December, and Odyssey expects many of these devices will make their entry to corporate networks even though they were not purposefully designed for use in the enterprise.
“To address some of these challenges, we strongly recommend that all BYOD devices be approved and enrolled in an MDM program before allowing employees to connect to the corporate network," said Mark Gentile (News - Alert), CEO of Odyssey Software, in a statement.
By offering support to Kindle Fire, the mobile device management company enables live access to devices. The security features of the MDM solution include: passcode reset, lock and wipe functions for remote assistance; reporting detailed hardware, software, network and device health information; setting passcode policies; and deploying applications, documents and media.
Back in November of last year, Odyssey Software announced enhanced support for Android 4.0, as well as several new capabilities including Athena's MDM capabilities for Android 4.0 devices including a mobile device management policy that allows administrators to remotely disable cameras on a managed device for users working in sensitive environments and enhanced password controls with more granular settings for device password requirements.
In related news, Adam Stein (News - Alert) from leading mobile device management provider MobileIron will be speaking at TMC’s upcoming ITEXPO (News - Alert) East, which is taking place from Jan 31-Feb 3, 2012 in the Miami Beach Convention Center. Stein will be speaking at a session entitled, “Mobile Virtualization: Two Virtual Phones, One Single Mobile Devices.”
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Edited by Jamie Epstein