iOS Devices Securely Deployed to the Enterprise with IBM Cloud Services

IBM has today announced the launch of new cloud-based IT services to help businesses quickly, easily and securely integrate Macs with their enterprise systems and applications.

This new offering from IBM MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services will help large enterprises incorporate Macs into their IT infrastructures, which is an increasing requirement, as more organisations look to facilitate the use of Macs by their employees.

This is evidenced by the shipments of Macs reportedly growing faster than the industry average, and the Mac outperforming the PC industry every year for the last decade.

These new mobility services for Mac will build on experience IBM has gained through its internal Mac@IBM program, with IBM deploying Macs to employees worldwide with speed and scalability, in a secure enterprise environment.

With its partnership with Apple, the opportunity for IBM to commercialise this offering using its own expertise in enterprise deployment and the ability to scale to clients' specific needs will now translate into services for business users.

IBM has also been providing these services on a custom basis for a variety of clients, and with the growing interest in adopting Macs into the enterprise, IBM will now deliver them as a standard services offering. The integration services for Mac will be provided via the cloud, and will also be available as an on premise solution in the client's data centre.

"Ease of adoption and use are at the foundation of every Apple product, and as these devices are used more in the workplace, people expect the same experience they enjoy with Apple technology in their personal lives," said Richard Patterson, General Manager of Infrastructure Services at IBM Global Technology Services. "IBM's new enterprise services ensure a great user experience for clients using Macs, providing world-class support from installation through the life of the product."

With these new services, businesses will be able to order Macs and have them delivered directly to their employees without any additional set up, imaging or configuration; this will save time, reduce costs and create a positive employee experience.

Employees will then be able to gain network access quickly, easily and securely, connect to email and download corporate applications. The services will also support personally-owned Macs that are active in a BYOD environment.

Furthermore, the new services will feature the Casper Suite from JAMF Software, a leading software solution designed to help users quickly set up and deploy Macs. As a result, businesses will be able to work with IBM to directly procure, integrate and manage Macs across their IT infrastructures and employee bases. This will also support employees that choose to deploy both Macs and iOS devices within their enterprises.

"Today's announcement is a powerful testament to the growing demand for Apple technology in the enterprise, and to the strong relationship between IBM and JAMF to help organisations inventory, deploy and secure their Apple devices," said Dean Hager, CEO of JAMF Software. "This is a great opportunity for us to work with IBM in helping businesses and other large organisations succeed with Apple."

The announcement complements existing IBM enterprise services supporting iOS devices, including iPad and iPhone, creating a comprehensive suite of services for enterprise deployment and management of Apple products and mobile devices.

These new mobility services for Mac will join a growing list of enhanced IBM mobile enterprise services, which were introduced by IBM last year.