Sybase Information Anywhere Afaria Supports Symbian Devices

Sybase iAnywhere announced that its Information Anywhere® suite Afaria® component, which provides leading-edge mobile device management and security capabilities, now supports the latest mobile devices based on the Symbian platform. Sybase iAnywhere is unique in providing robust management capabilities combined with a policy-based, managed security solution to ensure central IT control of Symbian devices. Appealing to the mixed device environments of many global organizations, companies can leverage Afaria to manage and secure a range of mobile devices based on Windows Mobile, Palm and now Symbian handhelds, and Windows laptops.

“With the rise in popularity of Symbian OS handhelds for enterprise use, it is critical for companies to be able to centrally control, back up and secure these devices used by mobile workers,” said Joe Owen, vice president of engineering, Sybase iAnywhere. “Our customers are excited that we are bringing the same managed security approach to Symbian devices as we provide on other platforms, which allows IT to enforce important security policies such as enforced power-on password and device lockdown.”

“Symbian is a proven operating system that is seeing widespread adoption within enterprises in EMEA,” said Lars Vestergaard, research director, European Wireless and Mobile Communications at IDC. “The ability to now secure Symbian devices is an important extension of the cross-platform support provided by Afaria from Sybase iAnywhere, who are already recognized as the leader in mobile device management enterprise software by IDC.”

“With the addition of security for the Symbian operating system, Sybase iAnywhere enables us to offer a complete management and security solution for our customers, many of whom have a mixed profile of Windows Mobile and other smartphone devices,” said Magne Gabrielsen, director of System Development, SmartPhones telecom AS. “With the importance of mobile security rapidly growing in Europe, combined with the wide acceptance of Symbian devices, Sybase iAnywhere presents a great solution for businesses who are looking to develop a mobile plan and require security as part of their deployment.”

Security capabilities for Symbian OS v9 include:

  • Enforced Power-On password
  • Administrator defined password format requirements
  • Password expiration
  • Device lockdown after exceeding allowed password attempts

Mobile management capabilities for Symbian OS v9 include:

  • OTA software distribution
  • Data backup and restore
  • Hardware and software inventory collection
  • Software license management
  • Custom scripting component for automating electronic file distribution, file and directory management, program execution and notifications

Sybase iAnywhere is participating at Infosecurity Europe in London where the company will be demonstrating the latest version of its Information Anywhere suite at booth #H140. Information Anywhere Symbian support for Afaria is expected to be available in June 2008. For more information on the Afaria beta program, please contact 1-800-792-2735 in North America, +(44) 207-285-4000 in the UK or +(49) 2115-9760 in Germany.

About Information Anywhere Suite
The Information Anywhere suite is a secure, scalable mobile software portfolio of products that address the converging IT requirements of enterprises today. By combining mobile email, collaboration, device management, enterprise-to-edge security and back-office application extension capabilities, Information Anywhere enables organizations to empower employees to do the work they need to do anywhere, at anytime, on any device. Built from the inception to address the unique characteristics of frontline environments, Information Anywhere ensures that mobilized applications are as secure, reliable and available as those that run within the data center.

About Sybase iAnywhere
iAnywhere, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc. (NYSE:SY), enables success at the front lines of business. The company holds worldwide market leadership positions in mobile and embedded databases, mobile management and security, mobile middleware and synchronization, and Bluetooth® and infrared protocol technologies. Sybase iAnywhere plays an important role in the Sybase Unwired Enterprise strategy, which focuses on managing and mobilizing information from the data center to the point of action. Tens of millions of mobile devices and over 20,000 customers and partners rely on the company’s “Always Available” technologies, including SQL Anywhere and its Information Anywhere suite.

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