By Kevin Secino, Mobility Product Marketing, HP Networking
You have nothing to fear from BYOD. To help you overcome the challenges of BYOD and start embracing it so your employees can be more productive, I highly recommend listening to this excellent podcast from my colleague Bob Suhay, Technical Marketing Engineer with HP Networking.
I know much blogging is being done on this topic, however Bob’s podcast does an excellent job explaining the challenges IT managers are facing when it comes to BYOD. He also discusses how HP is solving BYOD challenges from both the user and IT administrator perspectives.
Why Intelligent Management Center should be part of your BYOD discussion
You may have heard about our management application, HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC). Unlike most other companies who have fragmented BYOD solutions, IMC offers single-pane-of-glass management.
Part of the HP FlexManagement architecture, IMC streamlines your BYOD management challenges by offering you the features you need via software modules.
IMC provides your ability to manage up to 6000 devices. It provides the tools to easily deploy and monitor not only HP devices but also other vendors’ equipment, which likely makes up much of your environment.
If you want to save time to deploy, configure, secure your network via a single management application (without multiple apps), do yourself a favor and check out this podcast. In one ten-minute podcast, he clearly communicates the challenges BYOD is bringing into enterprise environments and how HP is solving these challenges for you.
Answering your questions on BYOD and HP IMC
Here are some questions and answers that you may find helpful regarding BYOD and HP’s IMC solution.
1. What does IMC run on?
IMC supports deployment options including Windows or Linux as the host operating system. IMC can also be deployed on physical hardware or in a virtual environment to leverage the advantages of today’s high availability and scalable hypervisors.
2. How do I purchase IMC?
The base IMC system is purchased with perpetual licensing covering the platform and devices to be managed. IMC is available in two base packages, including IMC Standard and IMC Enterprise.
IMC Standard includes licenses for the Platform and 100 Devices.
IMC Enterprise includes licensing for the platform, 200 Devices, 2 Network Traffic Analyzer licenses, RestFul API and the ability to support Hierarchal Management (Manager of Managers).
Other than these licensing function differences, both platforms offer the same level of scalability and add-on module support. Additional modules are available with perpetual licensing and can be added to either IMC Standard or IMC Enterprise.
3. What happens if I have more than 5000 devices I need to manage?
Each IMC deployment provides direct device management support for up to 5000 devices. Additional IMC systems can be deployed in a hierarchal configuration to provide scalability to support tens of thousands of devices. In addition, if multiple IMC Modules are deployed in a single system, many of these can also be deployed in a distributed model for scalability.
4. What operating systems does HP’s BYOD solution support?
IMC’s BYOD solution supports the major BYOD devices, including IOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
5. What level of expertise do I need to effectively use IMC?
IMC provides functionality to support everything from basic device management to advanced QoS, SLA and applications monitoring. Expertise requirements will be determined by the modules you deploy but are all managed from IMC’s single-pane-of-glass graphical user interface.
6. Is there a version of IMC that is available for smaller enterprise customers?
Today, IMC is available in both Standard and Enterprise versions with device coverage from 100 devices up to 5000 per server.
7. I have some HP wireless networking products that are old. Will they be compatible with
IMC? If not, what do I need to do to ensure that IMC will recognize the Legacy HP Mobility solution?
The HP IMC solution provides support for a wide variety of vendors and devices including many legacy networking devices. IMC provides comprehensive management for HP’s MSM Wireless solution deployed in customer environments today.
8. I have a mixed vendor network environment. Will IMC recognize third-party devices?
How can I be sure I will have full functionality of IMC?
Today, IMC has definitions for more than 6000 unique networking devices encompassing many third-party devices, and new devices are continually being added. In addition, IMC provides a “new device wizard” to assist with the integration of new third-party devices as needed.
More on BYOD and IMC
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