Thanks to all the Systems Manager customers that have been using it to manage their devices, and to everyone who has given us their feedback on what they’d like to see in the product. Today, we’re proud to release an exciting update to Systems Manager. This release is jam-packed with new features, including:
- Android support
- Backpack: content management
- Enterprise security
- Network access control
- Simplified device enrollment via apps
- Improved location accuracy
We’re super excited to release Android support! Systems Manager now supports Android from version 2.2 and up (Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean) and enables the complete visibility and control that helps you manage all of your Android devices. Whether you’re looking to Android for your entire device deployment, or if you have a mix of Android with iOS, PCs, and Macs, you can now manage all of them using Systems Manager.
Backpack: Content delivery and management
A new feature called Backpack lets you deliver and manage documents, images, apps, and other files on Android devices. Bundle documents and files into a virtual backpack and send them over the air to any number of devices, right from the dashboard. Built-in file synchronization keeps the content on the device up-to-date with the latest version in the administrator’s backpack.
Security is one of the most important aspects of mobile device management, and we’ve greatly expanded our enterprise security features for devices to include configuration and deployment of wireless network settings (including WPA2-Enterprise), digital certificates, and client VPN settings.
New privacy settings limit the information reported in the dashboard about sensitive devices. Use simple checkboxes to disable device location services or the reporting of wireless networks to which a device connects (available in Q4).
Network access control
We’ve continued to integrate Systems Manager with our network infrastructure. Administrators using Meraki wireless APs can prohibit access to devices not currently enrolled in Systems Manager, ensuring unmanaged devices are forced to install Systems Manager before being allowed on the network. By enforcing the device management at the network edge, administrators also have an additional, scalable way to enroll large numbers of devices. This enhancement will be available through an upgrade in Q4 2012.
Simplified enrollment with Systems Manager apps
Enroll iOS and Android devices to Systems Manager by downloading the Systems Manager app from Google Play and Amazon Appstore for Android. The iOS app will be available from the Apple App Store in Q4 2012.
Improved location accuracy
Systems Manager provides enhanced iOS and Android device location information. Systems Manager gathers available information from the device’s WiFi connection, IP address, and/or GPS to provide device location that is as accurate as possible (GPS-level accuracy requires the Android app).
Systems Manager is free for any organizations and to get started, just fill out a short form on our signup page. You’ll then be redirected to your new Systems Manager network, and you’ll immediately be able to start adding managed devices. All the new Systems Manager features are available at no cost to all current System Manager users. Stay tuned to the blog for more information about our new features!