And MobileIron earlier this year developed APIs to let Microsoft System Center 2012 manage mobile devices through MobileIron's server, so Windows admins could manage mobile devices through the familiar System Center console.
That follows a trend of expanding System Center beyond Microsoft's Windows focus led by Quest Software, which offers both OS X and mobile (iOS and Android) add-ons to System Center. (Dell agreed to buy Quest earlier this month, bulking up its system management portfolio, which also includes Kace.) Symantec recently bought Odyssey Software for its System Center add-on for iOS and Android, but it does not support OS X. Meraki offers an MDM tool that can also manage Macs and Windows PCs if you install a client on them.
Apple too has increasingly moved to make OS X more enterprise-friendly, following the strategy used in iOS to make the iPhone and iPad trusted devices in most businesses. For example, OS X Mountain Lion has exposed its FileVault whole-disk encryption capability to third-party management tools, so companies can now manage Mac encryption through a central tool, rather than manually configure each Mac. Last year's Mac operating system, OS X Lion, added support for XML-based configuration profiles similar to those used in iOS that let third-party tools, as well as OS X Server, manage Mac settings over the air. This year's OS X Mountain Lion also adds support for FIPS 140-2 security, required by many government agencies and high-security businesses.
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