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Array Networks Addresses Enterprise Mobility with DesktopDirect

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Array Networks Addresses Enterprise Mobility with DesktopDirect


August 02, 2011

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC

Application delivery solutions provider Array Networks (News - Alert) is addressing the bring-your-own-endpoint trend in the business space with a new module called DesktopDirect.

DesktopDirect, a new feature of the company’s universal access controller appliance, extends the environment out to any device – whether an iPad, an iPhone (News - Alert), or an Android device, explains Paul Andersen, Array Networks marketing manager. Businesses are provided with a URL to register all endpoints, and the solution appears as an application on the employee’s device of choice.

The company started out delivering DesktopDirect for the Apple (News - Alert) devices. New this week is support for Android.

The solution makes it “secure, simple and cost-effective to deploy mobile applications,” Andersen says.

He goes on to say that some organizations are struggling with how to deploy mobile apps. They can do it, he says, but it’s costly and they need to choose one device to develop to, which means they then need to buy those devices for their employees. Then there’s the issue of security, he adds. The Array Networks solution, however, can enable organizations to support mobile apps at a fraction of the price, across multiple devices, and with better security.

In addition to its universal access controllers (the SPX Series) – which provide a single gateway that does authentication, authorization and some security at the endpoint, and can extend VPNs to remote users, Array Networks sells a line of application delivery controllers (the APV Series), which provide always-on performance and enable organizations to get the most of their data center infrastructure.

The company’s customers consist primarily of enterprises. But organizations in the public sector, as well as service providers like cloud outfits that want to accelerate their services, also are among the users of its technology.

Just last week Array Networks announced that Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians has deployed Array’s DesktopDirect and SPX SSL VPN secure remote access solutions. COPCP is using them to enable its physicians, who are spread across 47 locations, and local doctors from partner networks, to access patient records securely.

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Edited by Jennifer Russell

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