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In Pictures: Big security, small devices
With the popularity of smartphones and tablets among workers, IT departments are trying to accommodate the influx of consumer tech - and manufacturers are trying to help. Here are some consumer devices that have been tweaked for the enterprise - and the software that's being used.
The BlackBerry line once had a near-total lock on the enterprise mobile device market; unfortunately, its star has waned. The BlackBerry Torch, shown here, hasn't achieved nearly the success of its Android and iOS-powered competition.
Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 8 promises a number of advanced enterprise-level features, such as device-level encryption. Shown here: The "Company Hub" feature, which allows a corporation to create its own custom-branded home screen for devices.
MobileIron's enterprise smartphone management suite allows a broad range of devices to be managed from a single console. An enterprise can satisfy its need for device control and allow its users to pick the devices they actually want.
Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung's Galaxy S III is the latest of their smartphones to offer SAFE, Samsung's branded package of enterprise security features, which includes on-device encryption and VPN support.
Apple's popular iOS mobile devices -- such as the iPad, pictured here -- provide a walled-garden security system that makes device management relatively straightforward for IT managers.
Motorola Droid 4
Motorola’s most recent Android-powered devices, which are branded “Business Ready” (such as the Droid 4, shown here), use technologies acquired from a company called 3LM to allow apps to be controlled by IT administrators in a fine-grained way.
Lenovo's Android-powered ThinkPad tablets employ a number of mobile device managment solutions, among them an enterprise app store which allows IT managers to curate collections of apps.
Nokia Lumia 900
According to Nokia, the hardware design of its phones -- such as this Nokia Lumia 900 -- is an attractor for consumers, while Windows Phone 8's planned enterprise features will make the phone attractive to corporate customers.