Juniper announces mobility pact with AirWatch and MobileIron

Networking vendor Juniper Networks announced mobility partnerships with Mobile Device Management (MDM) companies — AirWatch and MobileIron.

It also announced enhancements to its Junos Pulse remote access (SSL VPN) and network access control (NAC) solutions.

These new enhancements and partnerships enable enterprises and service providers to simplify and better secure Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) efforts.

“Integrating and linking VPN, NAC and MDM solutions reduces complexity, functional silos and provides a better BYOD experience for both IT and end-users,” said Tamir Hardof, senior director, security product marketing, Juniper Networks.

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Through partnerships with MDM providers AirWatch and MobileIron, Juniper Networks Junos Pulse Secure Access Service and Junos Pulse Access Control Service solutions can leverage these and other popular MDM platforms.

“The integration between AirWatch and Junos Pulse is significant in offering customers more secure, intelligent and granular policies for BYOD management and in providing additional layers of protection to mobile deployments,” said Kevin Keith, director of business development, AirWatch.

According to Juniper’s Trusted Mobility Index, many employees claim to circumvent their employers’ official mobile device policies, with nearly half of all respondents who use their personal device for work (41 percent) doing so without permission from their company.

These partnerships provide a simple and open way to integrate Junos Pulse Secure Access Service (SSL VPN) and Junos Access Control Service (NAC) with MDM solutions that simplify and secure BYOD efforts for both IT and end-users.

“BYOD initiatives combine a great user experience with enterprise-class data security. Our partnership with Juniper Networks provides intelligent, mobile-aware policy management for IT and no-touch deployment for employees to make the enterprise access experience secure and intuitive,” said Ojas Rege, vice president, strategy, MobileIron.

IT organizations and service providers will benefit from this initiative by being able to leverage mobile device attributes easily — such as device-location, device status and compliance — across both Juniper solutions to create highly granular and intelligent security policies.

The integration will also consolidate policy management views into common dashboards, reducing ongoing operational complexity and improving policy visibility.

For end-users, it will mean no-touch deployment and configuration of Junos Pulse clients.

Junos Pulse Access Control Service and Junos Pulse Secure Access Service now support KVM-based virtual deployments, in addition to VMware, enabling the Junos Pulse NAC and SSL VPN solutions to work over the widest range of IT environments.

Junos Pulse client support includes Apple OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 RT client platforms for even broader mobile platform and BYOD support. Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 versions will include Junos Pulse client connectivity built in, easing deployment efforts on these platforms.

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