Apr 15 2015

A Guide to XenMobile's Choice of Software Bundles

Citrix packages its mobile device management product with different features.

Citrix sells three different software bundles under its XenMobile brand: XenMobile MDM, XenMobile App and XenMobile Enterprise editions (this is the one tested in our new review). The basic MDM version handles a variety of security tasks, such as checking mobile devices for compliance with security policies. IT managers can arrange for devices that don’t comply to be automatically wiped or disconnected from the network. XenMobile also includes a secure network connection so no separate virtual private network is required.

Public-sector groups that want to sandbox mobile apps or protect business functions will need the XenMobile bundle that supports app-centric policies. These policies work with secure app containers. Each app can have its own security features, such as disabling peripherals (such as a camera) or features (such as cut and paste), or blocking access to the app from Twitter, for example.

The Enterprise bundle adds a ShareFile feature that gives apps read/write access to a common cloud-based file repository. Citrix has ShareFile clients for desktop Windows and Macs too — think of this as Dropbox with better security.

Finally, new in version 10 is the ability to create simple workflows for document creation between the Citrix WorxNotes and ShareFile applications. For example, a user can create a note from text, include photos from a smartphone camera, and then synchronize this collection for editing by other users. WorxNotes can also be synced with Microsoft Outlook Notes on desktops.


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