Citrix is introducing a new solution for controlling access to corporate email, calendar and contacts from mobile devices – the XenMobile NetScaler Connector (XNC). XNC allows customers to send a list of compliant devices from the XenMobile Device Manager to NetScaler, which in turn controls which mobile devices are allowed to synch with the corporate Exchange server.
XenMobile MDM and Enterprise Edition feature set, XenMobile NetScalerConnector (XNC) is now available. XNC works in conjunction with NetScaler so that email Admins can control device access to corporate email, calendar and contacts. XNC tracks the compliant devices from the XenMobile Device Manager and communicates the list to NetScaler. Based on the user’s device info that is trying to connect to corporate email, NetScalers at the datacenter edge will be the enforcerment-point – allowing safe mobile devices to have access to the corporate Exchange server and disallowing jailbroken devices and other devices that are not in corporate compliance.
XenMobile MDM provides complete protection for your mobile applications, network, and data, and ensures end-to-end security and compliance, NetScaler optimizes, secures, and controls the delivery of all enterprise and cloud services. Together, these two products provide the ability to scale, ensure high availability for apps, and maintain security while reducing mobility deployment and management costs.
XenMobile NetScaler Connector (XNC)
The XenMobile NetScaler Connector (XNC) provides a device level authorization service of ActiveSync clients to NetScaler acting as a reverse proxy for the Exchange ActiveSync protocol. Authorization is controlled by a combination of policies defined within the XenMobile Device Manager and by rules defined locally by XNC.
XenMobile Device Manager provides whitelisting (approved) and blacklisting (forbidden) of devices based on compliance with high-level policies such as detection of jailbroken devices or detection of specific apps. The XNC local rules are typically are used to augment the XDM rules in cases where specific overrides are required; for example to block all devices using a specific operating system version.
NetScaler delivers an extensive portfolio of essential datacenter security capabilities that are significant for mobile users, their apps and data. NetScaler provides critically important application security, network/infrastructure security, and identity and access management, which when combined with XenMobile MDM delivers a tightly coupled solution that enables IT to support the security needs of mobile users and the enterprise.