Recognizing that mobile device users want access to enterprise
applications at the same time IT is growing increasingly concerned
about wireless data protection, Motorola (NYSE: MOT) has beefed up
its Good Mobility Suite to help meet both demands.
Version 6.0 of the suite offers a managed, virtual private
network (VPN), as well as enhanced management capabilities, a
simpler architecture and improved user interface features.
The new VPN, called the Good Mobile Connection, provides an
IT-managed data connection designed to safely link user devices to
data and applications secured behind an enterprise firewall.
“We’re at a pivotal point in mobile device computing,” Brian
Havener, group product manager for Good Technology, told
InternetNews.com. “These aren’t just e-mail devices being
managed, these are now modules on the network and need to be
treated as such.”
It’s the first major news related to Good Technology since
acquired the firm in late 2006.
Good Technology provides mobile computing software and service
akin to Research in Motion’s (NASDAQ: RIMM) Blackberry Enterprise
Server offering, which reigns as the most popular enterprise mobile
“We’re seeing the fruits of the marriage, and this moves
Motorola beyond being viewed as a handset maker and into the role
of mobile solutions provider,” Carmi Levy, senior vice president
for strategic consulting at AR Communications, told
“This is very much in the spirit of RIM and positions Motorola
as a competitor,” he said. “This is how IT wants mobile computing.
They want a complete, secure system.”
The Good Technology announcement also comes on the heels of
growing indications that device users want more than e-mail
capabilities while mobile device security is gaining more
A recent McAfee
survey reported that more than three quarters of users don’t
have any security programs on mobile devices.
RIM and RSA recently
debuted new two-factor authentication for the BlackBerry to
provide secure access to enterprise wireless networks as well as
In January, RIM also announced several security
updates to its BlackBerry Server 4.1.5, including configurable
document retention policy settings. The company said it was
redesigning its platform to provide a customizable solution to
better meet individual businesses’ security and user needs.
Concurrently, vendors are racing to foster development to meet
burgeoning user expectations for applications. In May, Motorola
announced a toolset to drive mobile software creation on its
Meanwhile, RIM is
offering $150 million for agnostic development and
venture capital firmKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
launched a $100 million “iFund,” with Apple’s support, to spur
iPhone application innovation.
Securing the mobile link
At the heart of Motorola’s new Good Mobility Suite is a
network-agnostic connection using the Good Network Operations
Center (NOC) to behind-the-firewall data and applications.
The Good Mobile Connection enables organizations to deploy any
application using standard TCP protocols over its transport,
without having to make modifications or develop custom code.
Additionally, IT can set granular data access restrictions using
the Good Administration Center, a management console for deploying
and managing applications, devices, security policies and data
The system uses Web services APIs that automate management
operations and allows for integration with third-party management
portals and processes.
Good Mobile Messaging 6.0 also boasts a few new interface
features, such as a customizable home screen and voice-activated
dialing even when a device is password-protected.
“Ten years ago, we used our phones as a phone,” telecom analyst
Jeff Kagan told InternetNews.com. “In that world, no one
thought much about security.”
But with mounting threats facing mobile, Kagan said Motorola’s
jumping into the mobile device protection area is “smart”.
“At some point, we will suddenly be reading about mass attacks
and then customers will be rushing to protect their devices, and
that day is coming much closer,” he said.
courtesy of InternetNews.com