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Verizon Expands Enterprise Mobility Offerings

New Offerings Help Better Manage and Secure Corporate and Personal Mobile Devices Across The Enterprise

Verizon has expanded its portfolio of “Enterprise Mobility as a Service” offerings to provide additional support for managing a wide range of applications, access options and devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

The expanded offering will roll out this month to medium and large businesses in 30 countries and territories in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, with local billing, currency and support options available, Verizon said.

Included in the new offering from the telecom giant are:

Secure Workspace - Powered by Divide by Enterproid, this new feature helps separate and secure professional data on both corporate-issued and employee-owned devices. The secure workspace can be managed by an IT organization while maintaining user privacy by separating business and personal data.

New Mobile Device Management Features - Smartphones and tablets can now be locked, wiped of corporate information and controlled remotely by a central administrator.

Expanded Wi-Fi Offload Access - Verizon Enterprise Solutions subscribers can connect to more than 500,000 hot spots in 90 countries around the world. The service automatically configures connections to provide quick and cost-effective access to corporate resources. Additionally, customers can configure and deploy corporate Wi-Fi directories across their devices to make more effective use of corporate mobile data networks when employees are at their own offices or campuses.

The cloud-based management capabilities of Enterprise Mobility as a Service enable IT managers to secure both mobile and in-office systems by automatically pushing software updates, IT policies and patches across an enterprise workforce. The service also provides up-to-date, detailed inventory reports on all hardware, software and devices on corporate-owned equipment, Verizon said.

Additionally, a self-service portal enables employees to download and install authorized enterprise applications.

"Organizations are increasingly finding their users deploying multiple devices and form factors, and having a difficult time coping with the management and security challenges this poses," says industry analyst Jack Gold, president of J. Gold Associates LLC. "They are searching for a strategic enterprise-class service provider that can handle multiple device types across a large user base and across international boundaries. Offerings like Enterprise Mobility as a Service can provide a timely, cost effective and resource-friendly way for companies to embrace the 'consumerization' of mobility while protecting their valuable information assets."

Verizon's Enterprise Mobility as a Service is available by subscription on a per-user basis. Customers will be billed a single monthly charge per user, regardless of the number of devices authorized for an individual's business use, the company said.

More information is available here.