Intune® vs AirWatch®

By Zach DeMeyer Posted March 13, 2019

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In the MDM (mobile device management) space there are a wide range of solutions. With iOS® and Android devices in just about every business professional’s hands, it is easy to understand why MDM is such a hot market. In this post, we’ll compare Microsoft® Intune® vs AirWatch®, which is owned by VMware®.

A Changing IT Landscape

IT organizations are looking for deeper device management solutions. With a changing IT landscape, end users are leveraging the platforms they like best and IT organizations want to support that because it makes their end users more productive. That broadening of platforms includes macOS® and Linux® systems, and then mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets.

Managing Devices: Intune vs. Airwatch

There are a wide range of device management needs that need to be covered, and every organization is different, so it’s important to take inventory of them. Some of these needs are focused on how to control iOS and Android devices to protect corporate data. This is where Intune and AirWatch shine. They enable activities such as remote wipe, account lockouts, app control, and even container management to separate personal and corporate data. With Intune, because of the tight integration with Microsoft’s cloud platform, Azure®, it can control conditional access to Azure resources—i.e. if a user’s device is compliant, the user can use it to access Office 365™.

Intune has historically been tightly tied to Microsoft, and for those organizations that are focused on Microsoft and Azure technology, Intune can be an excellent choice for MDM. On the other hand, AirWatch has become the MDM market leader through strong MDM and MAM functionality across platforms. It is also vendor-neutral, meaning that it is used more by heterogeneous environments than Intune, but offers similar functionality nonetheless.

Managing Systems

While the Intune vs AirWatch battle is interesting on the MDM side, many IT admins also need to solve the problem of cross-platform control over users and managing their Windows®, macOS, and Linux systems. Traditionally, this problem was solved using Active Directory®, although IT organizations of the time (the late 90’s) were almost entirely Windows machines. With the dramatic increase in macOS and Linux systems, AD has struggled to be the core identity and system management platform.

The good news is that a next generation cloud identity management solution is emerging to give IT admins full user management control across IT resources and system management for macOS, Linux, and Windows. This cloud directory service provides a True Single Sign-On™ experience for admins and end users, using a single identity to connect users to all of their vital workday resources. As a centralized directory, the solution has reimagined Active Directory for modern IT.

User and System Management from the Cloud

The cloud directory is called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. Directory-as-a-Service provides centralized user and system management for modern, heterogeneous IT organizations. Admins can use both Intune and Airwatch in tandem with JumpCloud, using Directory-as-a-Service as the source of truth, and manage their mobile devices and apps as well.

So, regardless of the outcome of your debate of Intune vs. Airwatch, JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is an excellent choice for serverless IT resource management from the cloud. You can evaluate the product in action by scheduling a free demo or by trying JumpCloud yourself. Your first ten users in the product are always free, so you can explore configuring them in the best way for your organization before scaling. Contact us to learn more.

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a writer and researcher for JumpCloud with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He loves being on the cutting edge of new technology, and when he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, making music, and soccer.

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