Data Integration Between Mobility and Traditional Enterprise Applications Holds the Key to Agile Success
With the recent reports prematurely calling Apple the winner of mobility in the enterprise, we have seen a flux of articles regarding iOS enterprise-grade tools and apps. Ars Technica focuses on beefing up the OS X server in their recent article discussing several first and third party tools that help connect the Apple server with solid enterprise management systems.
"Filling in the Gaps: Great Enterprise-Focused Add-Ons for OS X Server" offers a list of applications to further the capabilities of OS X servers. Notably, some are open source.
The article discusses one such open source solution:
FileVault 2, introduced in Lion, is a capable full-volume encryption solution, but it lacks important features for businesses and enterprises. There's no way to mandate that all Macs be encrypted, there's no way to confirm at any given moment that a lost or stolen Mac is still encrypted, and there's no way to store the decryption keys locally so that administrators can unlock drives in the event of an emergency. Enter Cauliflower Vest, an open source project intended to bring enterprise-level features to FileVault 2.
The gaps pointed out in this article is just another reason as to why there is no clear winner for enterprise mobility. Mobile functions must be paired with traditional applications in enterprise management systems because data integration is key to success as an agile enterprise.
Megan Feil, August 13, 2012