Samsung Knox product line extended, small business version released

Samsung Knox product line extended, small business version released

Samsung has expanded its Knox product line of mobile device management software, including a cloud-based identity and access management, along with a version aimed at small businesses.

The software provides a separate workspace container on compatible Samsung Galaxy devices that is separate to a user’s regular home screen, data and apps, called the Knox Workspace, which also adds encryption for work data.

Secure workspaces can be remotely managed through a cloud-based management service allowing enterprise IT staff to remotely wipe the contents of Knox Workspace, without affecting a user’s personal apps or data.

The software competes against products from companies including BlackBerry, Good Technologies and Microsoft, with a partnership between Apple and IBM promising to release a similar product the future.

In a post on an official blog, Samsung said aside from the existing version aimed at professionals called My Knox, the tech giant will introduce a free version of the remote management service aimed at small business, called Knox Express. For governments and larger enterprises, the company now offers a paid version called Knox Premium.

As an add-on, Samsung is offering a cloud-based identity management packaged powered by Centrify called Knox IAM, as well as active directory integration and mobile application management. This makes it the first cloud-based MDM product offering identity management mobile and SaaS apps.

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