Apple Enterprise Necessities, a brand new service out there immediately in beta, brings gadget administration, assist, and storage into one full subscription for small companies. (November 10, 2021)
In a press launch, Apple says the brand new service brings collectively gadget administration, 24/7 Apple Assist, and iCloud storage into versatile subscription plans for small companies with as much as 500 workers.
The corporate additionally unveiled a brand new Apple Enterprise Necessities app that permits workers to put in apps for work and request assist. In keeping with Apple, the service helps small companies via the full gadget administration life cycle — from gadget setup to worker onboarding and gadget upgrades — whereas offering safety, prioritized assist, and safe information storage and backup.
“Small companies are on the core of our economic system, and we’re proud that Apple merchandise play a task in serving to these firms develop. Apple Enterprise Necessities is designed to assist streamline each step of worker gadget administration inside a small enterprise — from setup, onboarding, and upgrading, to accessing quick service and prioritized assist, all whereas protecting information backed up and safe, so firms can concentrate on operating their enterprise.”
Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice chairman of Enterprise and Schooling Advertising
Easy Setup and Onboarding with Collections
Apple says the brand new service is “a whole answer that makes worker onboarding easy, permitting a small enterprise to simply configure, deploy, and handle Apple merchandise from wherever.”
Inside Apple Enterprise Necessities, Collections allow IT personnel to configure settings and apps for particular person customers, teams, or gadgets. When workers sign up to their company or personally owned gadget with their work credentials, Collections robotically push settings reminiscent of VPN configurations and Wi-Fi passwords. As well as, Collections will set up the brand new Apple Enterprise Necessities app on every worker’s dwelling display screen, the place they will obtain company apps assigned to them, reminiscent of Cisco Webex or Microsoft Phrase.
Robust Safety with FileVault, Activation Lock, and Person Enrollment
With Apple Enterprise Necessities, it’s easy to keep up robust safety throughout the group. IT managers can implement crucial safety settings reminiscent of FileVault for full-disk encryption on Mac, and Activation Lock to guard gadgets which may be misplaced or stolen — and Apple Enterprise Necessities ensures these aren’t turned off by mistake. When workers use a private gadget at work, Person Enrollment creates cryptographic separation for work information, to make sure worker information stays personal whereas firm information stays safe.
Safe Storage and Backup with iCloud
Apple Enterprise Necessities gives a devoted iCloud account for work, offering easy and safe storage, backup, and collaboration on recordsdata and paperwork. Enterprise information in iCloud is robotically saved and backed up, making it simple to maneuver between gadgets or improve to a brand new gadget.
Assist and Repairs with AppleCare+ for Enterprise Necessities
Companies have the choice so as to add quick and dependable service for worker gadgets with prioritized Apple Assist. When a enterprise provides AppleCare+ for Enterprise Necessities to its plan, they get 24/7 entry to telephone assist, coaching for each IT directors and workers, and as much as two gadget repairs per plan every year. Staff can provoke repairs straight from the brand new Apple Enterprise Necessities app, and an Apple-trained technician can come onsite in as little as 4 hours to get their gadgets again up and operating.
A set of three Apple Enterprise Necessities plans allow companies to cowl each worker and gadget of their group.
Plans could be personalized to assist every consumer with as much as three gadgets and as much as 2TB of safe storage in iCloud, beginning at $2.99 per thirty days, with non-obligatory AppleCare+ for Apple Enterprise Necessities. (AppleCare+ for Enterprise Necessities is just not out there through the free beta interval; pricing to be introduced)
Apple Enterprise Necessities is accessible as a free beta beginning immediately within the US. The service might be totally out there within the spring of 2022. For beta data, see: apple.com/enterprise/necessities.
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