Mobile app management vendors Apperian and Mocana have long been close partners. Today they’re announcing that Apperian customers can utilize the Atlas VPN, a specialized mobile-specific appliance. (Mocana release | Apperian release)
Apperian is a cloud-based service that provides enterprise app stores and brings together app lifecycle management tasks like on-boarding apps from developers, security inspection, app wrapping, app signing, and role-based distribution, among other things.
Apperian customers can access app wrapping provided by Mocana Mobile App Protection (MAP) directly from the Apperian management console. Administrators can add typical MAM policies like encryption and VPN. (Apperian its own app wrapping and policies that can be added as well.)
The Mocana-wrapped apps can hook into a traditional VPN, but last year Mocana introduced a dedicated appliance called Atlas. The appliance can scale better than traditional VPNs, and enable a more user-friendly experience for enrollment, authentication, and single sign-on. You can take a closer look at the Mocana stack in this article.
With today’s announcement, Apperian customers that are using the Mocana app wrapping features can now also use the Atlas VPN appliance.
Scott Bonnell, Mocana’s vice president of corporate development, said that they’ve been rapidly adding customers, and that a growing number of customers are using both Mocana and Apperian together.
Mocana and Apperian are both specialized on the app side of EMM, so for many use cases, companies have to have other EMM vendors as well. But of course that's typical in the enterprise, anyway. As the number of enterprise apps is growing—especially in the “extended enterprise”—they'll continue to find a growing market for their best of breed products.