AT&T's Toggle Enables Bring-Your-Own-Device Management - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile // Mobile Devices
News
10/10/2011
05:36 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

AT&T's Toggle Enables Bring-Your-Own-Device Management

Application discretely separates work and personal activity on phones, so employees can bring Android devices to work without creating a management nightmare.

AT&T is preparing to offer an application for businesses that allows employees to bring in their own Android-powered mobile devices without creating a device management nightmare.

Dubbed AT&T Toggle, it allows a device to be set in either work mode or personal mode, with the activities in each mode segregated from the other. The personal mode functions without restrictions; the work mode is secured and can only run approved applications. Data for both modes is kept separate.

The whole system is managed company-wide from a central Web portal. There, employers and IT admins can manage allowed devices and permitted applications, including performing features like remote administrative wipe.

The service is being sold directly to enterprises, but isn't being limited to AT&T-network phones. Support for other phone OSes, including the iPhone, is planned for the future as well.

Android has long been criticized for not having proper enterprise management tools. Version 2.2 of the OS included various APIs for device administration, but those new native features were minimal. They included password enforcement policies and connectivity for commonly requested services like Microsoft Exchange, but device-level encryption (a standard feature on the iPhone since the 3GS) wasn't available. It's still not available as a standard feature on Android devices.

What's more, Google itself doesn't offer actual management tools for Android. Admins have to turn to third-party applications--Sybase's Afaria or Good Technology--to obtain those things.

AT&T isn't the only company looking at ways to enable BYOD by making one device do the work of two. Red Bend Software, for instance, is working on a mobile hypervisor system, VLX, that would allow multiple instances of a phone's OS to run side-by-side in complete isolation. This, too, could be used to create a work-mode and personal-mode phone--but AT&T Toggle is being promised as a more complete end-to-end solution with admin tools, not just as a standalone technology.

Toggle is to be offered to enterprises by the end of the year, and will work on most any device running Android 2.2 or greater.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
Augmented Analytics Drives Next Wave of AI, Machine Learning, BI
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  3/19/2020
Slideshows
How Startup Innovation Can Help Enterprises Face COVID-19
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  3/24/2020
Commentary
Enterprise Guide to Robotic Process Automation
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  3/23/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
IT Careers: Tech Drives Constant Change
Advances in information technology and management concepts mean that IT professionals must update their skill sets, even their career goals on an almost yearly basis. In this IT Trend Report, experts share advice on how IT pros can keep up with this every-changing job market. Read it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll