Dell unveils BYOD-friendly Mobility Solutions suite

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Hardware vendor Dell has combined the fruits of its recent run of acquisitions to create a portfolio of enterprise-focused mobile device management tools.

The Dell Mobility Solutions product line is designed to make it easier for IT admins to manage their mobile estate, regardless of whether the devices they need to control are corporate-issued or the employees own.

Speaking to IT Pro, Kevin Norlin, EMEA vice president and general manager of software at Dell, explained: "The technology in this portfolio will help to support IT directors that want to ensure they have productive mobile workers.

"Everything from the devices to the network access and the provision of cloud applications to ensuring that your key apps can be supported [is included] so that users can operate in a productive work environment," he added.

Norlin said the portfolio consists of a mix of offerings Dell has acquired over the past several years, as well as some of its own in-house produced kit.

For instance, IT admins can use Wyse's technology the virtualisation firm Dell acquired last year to rollout workspaces to particular groups of users, while SonicWall's VPN offerings can be used to securely connect them to corporate networks.

Further to this, end users can also make use of Dell Kace products to manage their end points, and the firm's identity management products to ensure system admins, for example, get access to more apps and controls than other users.

Norlin said, while none of these products are new, the fact they have been available to buy separately should give customers a degree of confidence about investing in them.

"We are taking a set of technologies that are proven, but they are not new. Kace has been in the market for a long time, for example," he said.

"But we have customers that have used them before, perhaps not in a unified customers can feel confident that what they are using is referenceable technology."

Caroline Donnelly is the news and analysis editor of IT Pro and its sister site Cloud Pro, and covers general news, as well as the storage, security, public sector, cloud and Microsoft beats. Caroline has been a member of the IT Pro/Cloud Pro team since March 2012, and has previously worked as a reporter at several B2B publications, including UK channel magazine CRN, and as features writer for local weekly newspaper, The Slough and Windsor Observer. She studied Medical Biochemistry at the University of Leicester and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism at PMA Training in 2006.