Germany-based Cortado, formerly known as ThinPrint, has announced version 7 of its on-premise Corporate Server mobile device mangement/application management (MDM/MAM) solution. The key advance in Cortado Corporate Server 7 (CCS7) is full support for the new business features in Apple's upcoming iOS 7. Also on offer in the new release are enhancements to Cortado's traditional strengths in secure file sharing and mobile printing.
CCS is an on-premise solution that runs on the Windows Server platform, and the current version (6.5) already delivers full Active Directory integration with support for Windows PowerShell configuration — features that play well with IT administrators looking to implement secure BYOD solutions, according to Cortado's CEO Carsten Mickeleit, who spoke with ZDNet on Monday.
As well as iOS, CCS supports Android (notably Samsung SAFE, which includes the Knox mobile security solution) and BlackBerry devices. Cortado's approach is to use the native resources of the device in question (apps, MDM/MAM features), tying them securely to back-end (mostly Windows) infrastructure via Corporate Server. Windows applications, for example, are delivered to iOS and Android devices via iTap Mobile, an RDP client.
New iOS 7 business features
With iPhones and iPads remaining the most prevalent mobile devices in enterprises, the new business features in iOS 7 will have a significant impact on MDM/MAM vendors, and Cortado is in the vanguard with support for Apple's upcoming mobile OS refresh. Mobile security features to be incorporated in iOS 7 include: 'Open in' management (controlling which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments); Per-app VPN (apps are configured to automatically connect to a VPN when launched); App store licence management; enterprise single-sign-on; and third-party app data protection.
According to Cortado, CCS7 will allow IT admins to: manage iOS 7 business features via Active Directory; set up new devices with email accounts, VPN and wi-fi profiles; selectively delete apps and data; create a secure container for iPads and iPhones (including the native email app) and connect it via a VPN to the enterprise's file and print servers; and embed intranet apps in the container via a secure browser.
Cortado maintains that Apple's move to incorporate more mobile security and management features in the mobile OS will prove disruptive for MDM/MAM vendors, in particular making workarounds such as app wrapping a thing of the past.
Cortado Corporate Server 7 is scheduled for release in October.