Centrify Offers Free iOS And Android Management [Mobile Management Month]

Centrify Offers Free iOS And Android Management [Mobile Management Month]

Centrify offers DirectControl for Mobile and DirectControl for Mac

May is Mobile Management Month at Cult of Mac, where we will be profiling a different mobile management company every weekday. You can find all previous entries here and read our Mobile Management manifesto here.

Centrify’s DirectControl for Mobile offers free device management capabilities. Unlike many other management solutions, device management can be performed using mobile-specific Active Directory group policy extensions rather than any additional interface (though a cloud service interface is also available). Being a free solution, DirectControl for Mobile focuses on a handful of device security functionality. Centrify plans to extend the offering over the course of this year with a full featured premium edition. Although completely functional (see our review), Centrify still lists DirectControl as being a beta release. For organizations with minimal needs or limited budgets, DirectControl is a good option. Centrify also produces a Mac client management tool called DirectControl for Mac that uses Active Directory extensions for securing and managing Mac workstations.

Company: Centrify
Product(s): DirectControl for Mobile
Type of solution(s): device management

Platforms supported beyond iOS: Android

Licensing Model: freemium (free version is currently available, a recurring licensed premium version is expected later this year)
Includes/Offers Maintenance Updates?: included in current licensing
Technical support options: 24/7 support

Deployment options: cloud service with on-premise Active Directory integration

Failover and load balancing options: supports server failover and load balancing

Scalability: supports multiple locations and location-specific administration

Directory system integration: Microsoft Active Directory

Administrative tool options: web/cloud, Active Directory group policy extensions

Data export capabilities: device information, installed apps

Expense management features: none at this time

Device enrollment mechanism(s): website, iOS app
Support for secure/authenticated enrollment?: Yes
Security certificate features: Certificates for SCEP enrollment, Exchange, Wi-Fi, VPN

Remote/On Demand administrative actions: remove passcode, lock, wipe

App management options: none at this time

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Ryan FaasRyan Faas is a technology journalist and consultant living in upstate New York who has written extensively about Apple, business and enterprise IT, and the mobile industry. In addition to writing for Cult of Mac, he is a contributor to Computerworld, InformIT, and Peachpit Press. In a previous existence he was a healthcare IT director as well as a systems and network administrator. Follow Ryan on Twitter and Google +

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