HP supports mobility initiatives with HP Access Catalog

HP has unveiled HP Access Catalog, another offering that aims to support mobility initiatives in organizations.

HP Access Catalog is an on-demand mobile content catalog that allows employees to download digital content and applications across mobile and desktop devices.

HP Access Catalog offers organizations a secure, private “app store” for employees to browse, search and download mobile applications and digital content onto their devices of choice, including mobile and tablets devices, as well as desktops, HP said.

The service is offered as an integrated component of the HP Anywhere enterprise mobility platform, enabling HP Anywhere customers to manage their mobile apps.

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The catalog supports Android and iOS platforms, which comprised close to 94 percent of the mobile device market share as per the latest reports.

Since HP Access  Catalog is delivered as a Software-as-a-Service, the software aims to reduce the cost and complexity associated with managing mobile devices in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environment.

“As organizations embrace mobility, they need a simple, secure and reliable mechanism to manage the delivery of apps to their employees,” said Dragan Milanovich, vice president, Web Services, Software, HP. “The HP Access Catalog provides enterprises with a robust, flexible and easy-to-use solution, making it easier for users to be productive on their device of choice.”

HP Access Catalog’s user-friendly Web interface, identity management system and seamless integration with enterprise identity systems will help increase the mobile productivity and effectiveness without compromising security.

By leveraging open-standard technologies such as HTML 5 and single-sign-on authentication and authorization capabilities with SAML 2.0 integration, the HP Access Catalog delivers a flexible, secure cross-platform solution. The service is hosted in HP’s PCI-compliant data center.

HP Access Catalog technology also is used to support the HP Vertica Marketplace, an online store where customers and developers will find additional downloads to benefit their HP Vertica deployments.

HP Access Catalog will be available worldwide from HP and its ecosystem of worldwide channel partners in March. Pricing will be based on a simple per-user annual subscription, the company said.

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