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12.04.10 Post By
Nelly Clausworth, Vertical Cloud Solutions, Toronto Canada
Now with the latest Android
release, v. 2.2, Google is moving into the enterprise mobile cloud computing area with its mobile platform.
Android 2.2 is said to support many of the required
security policies enforced in enterprises, especially concerning enterprise email. These include automatic handset lock due
to inactivity and administrator remote wiping in the case of lost or stolen handset.
One attractive feature is the latest support for Android, and other Mobile OS through Google
Apps, letting users start security features on their handsets from a browser and by installing the Google Apps Device Policy,
that will soon be available from the Android Market.
Google is being very bold with its multi-platform support for its Google App suite on mobile phones for enterprises.
This service is free of charge for customers that have the Google App Premier Edition subscription ($52 user/year).
The Google Apps Device Policy
can be used to synchronize data (email, contacts, calendar, and Picasa photos) between the supported device and a Google Apps
Also, with Android 2.2. handsets:
Using Google Apps Premier and Education Edition administrators can manage their users’ Android devices with a set of
mobile device management policies designed to let users access their data while keeping organizational information secure.
These policies include the ability remotely wipe data from lost or stolen devices, require a device password, set password
complexity, and more.
With this trend, Google is making
more pervasive its position in enterprise class mobile cloud computing.
Before, Android users could access their Gmail and Google Apps remotely on their handsets,
but enterprises generally haven’t been willing to accept the platforms due to its lack of control and security mechanisms.
Now, Android 2.2 is meeting
the minimum security demands required by enterprises, i.e. device locking and remote wiping. Then there are additional features,
similar to what the MS Exchange Server Active Sync can enforce, like:
Require a device password on each phone
Set minimum lengths for more secure passwords
Require passwords to include letters
These policies can be policed on devices that have installed
the Google Apps Device Policy application. So far, enterprise mobile cloud computing has been somewhat limited to Blackberry
and platforms that support MS Exchange Active Sync policies, like Nokia E-series.
However, it now seems that Google is entering
this region as well with its latest Android version and the Google Apps Device Policy application. It will be nice to continue
to follow this progress and monitor Google’s success in the mobile cloud computing domain....read these future Clear-Cloud
Network Posts for more.....