Looking at Ivanti MobileIron for the first time? In this helpful guide, we offer clarification on the different licensing models available and their features.
It’s a familiar story: the IT department has recommended a technical solution based on their knowledge or external advice and they require your sign-off for purchase. However the solution is new to you, giving you the challenge of understanding what features it offers, how much it costs, and more often than not, which model or bundle you require.
In this instance, that technical solution is MobileIron. Before taking out a subscription for the first time you may well find yourself needing to gain a clearer understanding of the licensing models available, their capabilities, and how they differ from one another.
What are the different MobileIron licensing models available?
MobileIron offers a choice of feature bundles to ensure that your licensing needs are met cost-effectively and according to the functionality your mobility project demands. These feature bundles are aligned with three key phases of a mobility project: device and email security, secure remote access to business content, and finally, business and IT transformation.
These phases are represented in turn by the MobileIron Secure UEM Bundle, Secure UEM Premium Bundle, and MobileIron Threat Defence and Zero Sign-On options.
Each bundle offers a range of features designed to securely and cost-effectively enable your mobility project. Note that feature bundles can always be upgraded later, as the needs of your organisation change.
So what features are included in each bundle, and what are their capabilities?
1. Secure UEM Bundle features
The MobileIron Secure UEM Bundle feature list includes:
By integrating with backend enterprise IT systems, MobileIron Core and MobileIron Cloud servers enable IT to define security and management policies for mobile devices, desktops, apps, and content.
The MobileIron Sentry server addresses the fundamental need for mobile remote secure access to corporate services, by acting as a gateway that manages, encrypts, and secures traffic between backend enterprise systems and mobile devices.
Businesses with a MobileIron Secure UEM Bundle also benefit from Apps@Work, an application distribution library that IT can use to publish approved mobile apps to end-users, reducing the prevalence of shadow IT and associated risks. This also provides a method for managing in-house or third-party developed enterprise apps not available through public app stores.
MobileIron Bridge enables organisations to increasingly move away from a costly and confusing hybrid model where PCs are managed by traditional tools while mobile devices are managed by modern ones. Scripts that leverage GPOs can now coexist with UEM profiles, without the need for traditional PC management tools.
2. Secure UEM Premium Bundle features
In addition to the Secure UEM features, MobileIron Secure UEM Premium Bundle offers access to:
- Zero Sign-On (Single Cloud Provider)
MobileIron AppConnect improves app security by the containerisation of apps to protect data-at-rest. In effect, each app becomes a secure enclave whose data is encrypted, protected from unauthorised access, and under corporate control. AppConnect also delivers Data Loss Prevention (DLP) features such as control over app-to-app data exchange, through copy-and-paste, open-in, and even screenshot controls.
Businesses seeking a secure mobile productivity solution across iOS and Android will find added value in MobileIron Email+, which enables secure access to email, contacts, calendar, and tasks in a containerised app.
The MobileIron Docs@Work app provides a fast and simple way for staff to access, annotate, share, and view documents across a variety of content management systems.
Similarly, the MobileIron Web@Work enterprise secure mobile browser facilitates secured access to internal web resources using familiar processes and with minimal setup.
MobileIron Tunnel grants users immediate and secure access to data and content on the go. Specifically, IT can provide zero-touch, Per-App-VPN connectivity to specific and specified resources behind the corporate firewall, enabling mobile employees to easily access key business information without jumping through security hurdles.
3. Add-on features
As well as being part of the new Secure UEM Premium Bundle, MobileIron Zero Sign-On also exists as an add-on. MobileIron Zero Sign-On combines zero sign-on capabilities with a mobile-centric, zero trust approach that automatically validates every user, device, app, network, and threat before green-lighting access - all without requiring a password.
Another add-on is MobileIron Threat Defence (MTD), which is offered as just MTD or MTD Premium. MobileIron has embedded mobile threat detection and remediation capabilities into the UEM apps to make deployment, detection, and remediation easier and more effective.
MobileIron explained: Your next steps
Once you have identified which feature bundle is best suited to your organisation’s requirements, the next step is to think about your choice of per-user or per-device pricing, as well as a choice of perpetual or subscription models.
Licenses can be purchased on a per device or a per-user basis. A device license covers just a single device, but a user license covers up to a maximum of five devices.
If you are unsure as to which bundle or deployment choice is best for your needs, you are always welcome to contact us for some free and impartial advice.
Note that depending on whether you choose on-premises or cloud deployment, some of these options may or may not be available for your mobility project.
For more information we recommend you download the MobileIron Licensing Guide by clicking the image below.
This blog was originally published in March 2018 and updated in April 2021 to reflect relevant updates and changes.