Friday Notebook, November 10: BYOD; AWS on KVM; and MTD

Also: AirWatch 9.2, the Galaxy Note8 for the enterprise, Office 365 passwords, Windows Defender ATP for other platforms, Octoblu, and more.

This is our weekly log of everything that’s happened in the EUC, EMM, and desktop virtualization space, collected and co-written by Jack and Gabe. (We took a break last week, November 3.)

News we covered

Citrix announces new ShareFile features and comments on enterprise strategy shift. The new enterprise focus will guide marketing and product decisions.

A look at MobileIron’s Zimperium partnership and IoT plans. (Including news from their Q3 earnings call.) The Zimperium deal is deeper than typical mobile threat defense/EMM partnerships; in IoT, MobileIron will focus on devices that can be managed with EMM.

More industry news

El Reg takes a look at AWS’ recent announcement that they’re switching from a hypervisor based on Xen to KVM. For the time being, existing instances will remain on Xen, and the new C5 instances will be on KVM, but it appears the plans are for a full conversion down the line. We may have to wait to find out how (or if) this affects Citrix at all. There wasn’t a clear relationship there, but Citrix has been quick to point out that AWS ran Xen in the past. It will also be interesting to see how/if this affects VMware as they lean more on AWS for public cloud services.

Microsoft has announced that the reach of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection will expand to other operating systems, including iOS, Android, macOS, and Linux, via partners that will integrate into the console. The initial partners are Bitdefender, Lookout, and Ziften. As we wrote earlier this year, mobile threat defense is really starting to find its groove—this announcement is another data point in that direction.

AirWatch 9.2 out, and they’ve done a lot of work to unify the AirWatch and Workspace One consoles, though it does sound like there’s a little bit more to do. (Here are some demos.) Admins can now manage SaaS apps from the AirWatch console, and users can enroll a device from the Workspace One app, instead of having to download the AirWatch agent separately. This release also rolls up a lot of things we learned about over the last few months, including many new features for Windows 10, macOS, Chrome OS, Zebra devices, and Infinite Peripherals.

From the blog of Office MVP Paul Cunningham, we learned that Microsoft is now recommending non-expiring passwords in Office 365, which is consistent with the new draft NIST recommendations Jack covered recently. The only difference we noticed is that NIST recommends allowing 64 character passwords, while Office 365 only allows a maximum of 16.

Samsung is offering an enterprise version of the Galaxy Note8. Most of the highlighted features are Knox things we already knew about, but they’re also promising three years of security updates and that companies will be able to buy the same hardware for two years. It’s listed at $994, a $44 premium over the standard Note8. (Not to sound like Apple fans, but we should note that most iPhone models get four years of updates and are available for three years, plus the iPhone SE, which is still available, is physically compatible with accessories made for the iPhone 5, from over five years ago. On the other hand, Knox MDM and customization controls can go deeper than iOS MDM and DEP.)

Citrix provided some more details on the future of Octoblu, and though it seems they are looking for ways to make the technology available to developers, they will be shutting down the Citrix-branded free solution within a month. Those running important tasks are invited to switch to Azure, Google, or AWS IoT platforms, though most users are of the “Tweet at me to turn this light on” variety. Nevertheless, the Octoblu platform was cool, and hopefully Citrix can find a way to turn it over to the world, either as a spinoff or as open source.

Our blog posts

Catching up on IBM MaaS360 Unified Endpoint Management. Check out their bridge between traditional and modern Windows 10 management, as well as Watson and IDaaS integrations.

RDSH session live migration: One last look. For nearly 20 years, the live migration of RDSH sessions has been out of reach, and when it became feasible the world was focused on VDI. Is there still a place for it in today's world, with workloads moving to the cloud and a new, usage-based cost model?

How much has Citrix really changed in the last 5 years? In 2012, I wrote an article speculating what Citrix might look like in five years. With the anniversary of that post approaching, let's revisit what I got right (not much), and wrong.

Android Instant Apps is like App-V for Android. Android Instant Apps sounds a lot like traditional app streaming, and though it is similar on the surface, there are some key differences. Ultimately, though, it's still about delivering parts of apps that users need without all the extra bits they don't.

Do you let your BYOD users choose between MDM enrollment and MAM-only? We’re years into the BYOD era—how have things changed?

Would Google create a DaaS platform? Earlier this year, Google announced that their Google Cloud Platform would focus more on enterprise workloads going forward. Does that workload include a DaaS offering, or will they rely on partners?

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