October 20, 2010, 1:11 PM — Updated software from Trellia Networks will now let enterprise IT groups set policies for automating and managing mobile access for devices running Android, BlackBerry OS and Apple iOS operating systems, in addition to laptops.
With the Trellia Mobile Policy Management Platform (MPM), IT administrators can set policies to automatically require use of a specific VPN, block access over an unsecure public Wi-Fi network and disable 3G data services when a user's phone has roamed. As mobile carriers shift to tiered pricing for their 3G data plans, enterprise are likely to want much better control over network access and usage.
Previously MPM was an on-premises client-server or hosted client-cloud application that inventoried laptops, monitored their network access (via Wi-Fi, 3G or wired connections), identified problems, and enforced mobile access policies for workers on the go. Trellia was one element in a revamped mobile laptop deployment by Export Development Canada, the country's export credit agency. The goal was to give these critical remote users much easier, more direct, and more cost-effective, access to enterprise data and applications.
The updated software includes new client agents, which can be downloaded and installed on the handsets, and corresponding updates to the server code. Depending on the mobile OS, the agents can be downloaded via an enterprise Web portal, or from the corresponding online application catalog, such as Apple's iTunes App Store. Apple also now offers an enterprise-based download option.