VMware Delivers a Smarter and More Secure Digital Workspace with AirWatch 8.3

  • Unified app catalog brings SSO to native mobile applications, enhances user experience and eliminates the need for passwords
  • Conditional access controls and VMware NSX integration secure app access and help prevent data leakage
  • Industry templates provide insights with vertical workflows for apps, configurations and compliance policies
  • Visual privacy notice and user-facing website provides end-user transparency and can increase BYOD adoption

PALO ALTO, CA – Feb. 17, 2016 – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today announced the latest release of the industry-leading VMware AirWatch® Enterprise Mobility Management™ (EMM) platform. AirWatch 8.3 will expand VMware’s digital workspace strategy and VMware Workspace ONE platform by increasing value for both users and administrators to embrace business mobility. With updates that will grow user confidence and adoption, eliminate the need for passwords and increase security, VMware will deliver the platform for organizations to advance mobile initiatives.

“AirWatch 8.3 is key enabler for the digital workspace,” said Noah Wasmer, senior vice president of mobile products, End-User Computing, VMware. “Employees will be able to access virtually any app with one-click in a new mobile experience that’s focused on protecting privacy. For administrators, AirWatch 8.3 will facilitate new workflows for line of business built on the VMware foundation of world-class security and management.”

Empowering Users to Change the Way Work Gets Done
The key to a successful mobility program is user adoption, and employees expect the enterprise experience to reflect the simplicity and ease of use mobility brings to their personal lives. AirWatch 8.3 will support the VMware Workspace ONE app to organize app access and eliminate the need for passwords, expand the AirWatch Privacy First program with a user-facing website and visual privacy notice to mitigate concerns through transparent privacy education and introduce a redesigned VMware AirWatch Content Locker™.

To deliver mobile solutions that streamline access to applications, the latest release of AirWatch will empower enterprises to bring consumer-simple and streamlined experiences to enterprise apps. AirWatch 8.3 is designed to support the Workspace ONE app and will allow users to access any application – native, web or remote – through a single application catalog across every device. One-touch mobile single sign-on (SSO) allows users to access these apps without passwords or complex PIN challenges by leveraging an industry-first SATS (secure app token system). VMware developed the patent-pending SATS technology to enable true SSO across desktop, mobile native and cloud applications. This unified app catalog will give users consolidated access to corporate apps in a secure mobile application management (MAM) container.

Earning a user’s trust is another significant facet to user adoption in successful mobile programs. AirWatch 8.3 will expand the AirWatch Privacy First Program with a user-facing website and visual privacy app to provide transparent education to address privacy concerns. The new website, WhatIsAirWatch.com and visual privacy app on a user’s device educates users on the value of BYOD for their personal efficiency and informs users that AirWatch’s mobile management system separates work and personal data, preventing IT from capturing personal information such as texts, personal emails, photos and more. To further promote user trust, especially for corporate owned devices, the AirWatch administrator console will now have a Privacy Officer role to delegate privacy policy management, and only the Privacy Offer will be able to edit privacy policies, adding another layer of security for end-users.

AirWatch also introduced a completely redesigned AirWatch Content Locker for iOS for secure content aggregation across various storage repositories. The updated and user-friendly app brings intuitive navigation, improved search across content repositories and quick access to important content right from the home screen.

Delivering an Intelligent, Secure Digital Workspace for IT
Enablement and security are top of mind for IT as businesses shift to mobile, and selecting an EMM solution is just one piece of the mobility puzzle. IT must also select the apps, configurations, policies and security requirements for their mobility initiatives. To help IT harness collective insights and advance their mobile programs, AirWatch 8.3 introduces industry templates, conditional access to mobile apps and advanced device-to-datacenter security with expanded integration between AirWatch and VMware NSX network virtualization.

Transforming business processes through mobile requires a specific set of apps, configurations and policies. With more than 62,000 VMware End-User Computing customers, VMware harnessed insights from thousands of mobile deployments to determine the best way to perform industry-specific workflows. Based on anonymous aggregated data and intelligence and working with Apple, AirWatch 8.3 introduces industry templates, intelligent wizard-driven workflows that take the complexity out of optimizing digital workflows. Now, every IT admin will be able to access simple, smart and data-driven templates that identify and recommend the best iOS apps, configurations and policies for their business initiatives.

AirWatch 8.3 also introduces conditional access to work applications, powered by VMware Identity Manager™. This authentication module provides only compliant, managed mobile apps with access an organization’s business systems. Leveraging the patent-pending VMware SATS technology and native OS controls, IT will be able to provide conditional access to every app in the app store with no SDK, app wrapping or code changes required. This module will be able to provide a better experience for users by eliminating the need for passwords to access these apps while at the same time making them more secure.

In addition to apps, IT must also protect the datacenter and mobile access to internal resources. AirWatch 8.3 will expand the integration with VMware NSX to provide advanced security between an AirWatch-managed device and the VMware NSX micro-segmented cloud data center. Administrators will be able to dynamically set policies between AirWatch and VMware NSX from a single console, better securing their digital workspace by limiting the footprint mobile apps, data, devices and networks have inside the datacenter connection. VMware NSX combined with AirWatch is another example of two great VMware technologies coming together to form the next-generation security model.

Availability
AirWatch 8.3 will be available to customers in Q1 2016. To learn more about AirWatch or to request a 30-day free trial, visit air-watch.com.

Resources:

  • Register for webinars on AirWatch 8.3, VMware NSX integration and AirWatch Content Locker
  • Read the blog post “Digital Workspace Changes the Way Work Gets Done” by Noah Wasmer, senior vice president of mobile products on VMware Radius
  • Read the blog post “AirWatch 8.3: A Smarter, More Secure Digital Workspace” by Blake Brannon, vice president of product marketing on the AirWatch Blog

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding the AirWatch 8.3 product and its impact on the VMware digital workspace strategy, VMware Workspace ONE platform and the AirWatch Privacy First Program,  the interoperability of these products with VMware’s other products, such as VMware Workspace ONE app, NSX and VMware Identity Manager, and the potential benefits of these products to customers. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in consumer, government and information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the virtualization software and cloud, end user and mobile computing industries, and new product and marketing initiatives by VMware’s competitors; (iv) VMware’s customers’ ability to transition to new products and computing strategies such as cloud computing, desktop virtualization and the software defined data center; (v) factors that affect timing of license revenue recognition such as product announcements and promotions and beta programs; (vi) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vii) changes in the willingness of customers to enter into longer term licensing and support arrangements; (viii) rapid technological changes in the virtualization software and cloud, end user and mobile computing industries; (ix) changes to product and service development timelines; (x) VMware’s relationship with EMC Corporation and EMC’s ability to control matters requiring stockholder approval, including the election of VMware’s board members and matters relating to EMC’s investment in VMware, and any changes that Dell may implement following the completion of the Dell-EMC merger; (xi) VMware’s ability to protect its proprietary technology; (xii) VMware’s ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xiii) the unsuccessful integration of acquired companies and assets into VMware; (xiv) disruptions to VMware’s business resulting from the pendency of EMC’s acquisition by Dell and the potential for loss of VMware customers due to uncertainty that the Dell-EMC transaction could have on VMware’s business; (xv) the potential negative impact on VMware’s stock price due to any confusion or uncertainty caused by the VMware tracking stock that is expected to be issued by Dell to EMC stockholders in the transaction; (xvi) disruptions resulting from key management changes; (xvii) pending or future stockholder litigation related to the Dell-EMC transaction; (xviii) VMware‘s ability to implement workforce reductions and other components of the plan in various geographies; (xix) possible changes in the size and components of the expected restructuring charges and cash expenditures; (xx) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xxi) fluctuations and volatility in VMware’s stock price; (xxii) changes in VMware’s financial condition; (xxiii) changes in business opportunities and priorities that could cause VMware to consider alternative uses of cash; (xxiv) fluctuations in the level of cash held in the United States that is available for stock repurchases; and (xxv) changes in the dilutive impact in 2016 of shares issuable through VMware’s equity compensation programs. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including VMware’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that VMware may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements.

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