Today Symantec is announcing that it has completed the integration of MDM, MAM, and mobile threat protection—a major milestone for its mobile efforts.
The combined offering is now called Symantec Mobility: Suite and is based on the Odyssey and Nukona acquisitions from back in 2012, along with Norton Mobile Security.
There were some intermediate steps getting to this point: App Center (the old name for the Nukona/Symantec MAM platform) had some MDM features, so there actually was a way to get MDM and MAM together in the past, but the MDM in App Center wasn’t as full-featured as Symantec Mobile Management (the old name for Symantec’s main MDM product). Another step leading up to today was integrating Norton Mobile Security into App Center earlier this year.
Today all this is available together as a single installation, and the different parts are simply activated with license keys. Whether a device is managed with MDM or just using MAM alone, it’s all in the same console with the same policies.
The other updates announced today are support for Samsung SAFE APIs (though not for Samsung Knox at this time) and support for Windows Phone 8.1 (8.1 brings a major set of new MDM features.)
Today’s announcement did not mention the Nitrodesk Touchdown email apps that Symantec acquired earlier this year. However, a Symantec blog post last month said that updates for the iOS and Android version are coming before the end of the year.
One thing that still hasn’t arrived is an enterprise file sync and share product. Earlier this year Symantec said it was going to integrate Norton Zone (a file syncing product), but instead Norton Zone was discontinued. Alternate file syncing options are to use vendors that are part of the Symantec Sealed program, or to just do simple content push to the Symantec Work Hub app. This leaves Symantec as one of the few major EMM vendors without a full-scale enterprise file sync and share product of its own.
It’s taken two and a half years to complete the Odyssey and Nukona integrations. Looking back, that seems like a long time, but this stuff isn’t always easy. The fact that Symantec stayed the course shows that it views mobility as an important market.