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Cloud computing has become an increasingly attractive alternative to on-premise computing for the enterprise IT market.  Cloud solutions are fantastic alternatives for companies who like the ability to minimize up-front investment and have the flexibility to operate with a monthly subscription model. Today, at SapphireNOW in Orlando, SAP introduced a portfolio of mobile security solutions – including SAP Afaria, cloud edition - that will rock the enterprise mobility space. Secure mobility can now be a reality for companies of any size.

SAP Afaria, cloud edition is a complete SaaS-based mobile device management solution to manage the mobile workforce without the complexity and expense of an on-premise installation.  Companies can secure their mobile devices through a subscription model with the assurance that all operational aspects, from security to upgrades to disaster recovery are handled automatically.

With the growing trend of employees using personally-owned (BYOD) devices in the workplace, regulating these devices is essential for protecting sensitive data and enhancing employee productivity. And who can resist the allure of full mobile device management capabilities - without costly staffing requirements, the burden of IT infrastructure and expense of an on-premise installation?

Offering Afaria as a cloud solution is an easy and natural option. Providing our customers with choice is a core goal across all of our SAP Mobile Secure products.  It’s always preferable to have options, and in this case we have a great option for those of you who have embraced cloud computing. For customers that prefer to closely manage their IT infrastructure internally with on-premise solutions, Afaria’s “behind the firewall” solution makes sense. And for companies who like the idea of cloud but want their entire mobility infrastructure maintained by a third party, we also have many partners who offer full Managed Mobility services.

With the move to cloud in itself isn’t really game changing, the great news is the price. This cloud version will be available for a shocking low price of only 1 euro (or $1.11US) per device per month. Having this convenient, reliable and incredibly low priced solution eliminates the barriers to entry for any company of any size. Finally – security can be reality for all! 

Quick highlights of SAP Afaria, cloud edition:

  • Provides the lowest per device per month cost possible
  • Provides a dedicated environment at shared environment cost
  • Maintenance, upgrades and support are all included as part of the subscription
  • Requires no initial investment for licensing, hardware or equipment
  • Can be deployed in under 15 minutes

A little more meat:

  • It's uilt on the latest version of SAP Afaria technology (Afaria 7.0 SP3, released March 31)
  • Includes the best way to see data - Afaria reports running in Business Objects web and mobile dashboards
  • Has enterprise integration provided with Secure SaaS Connector, requiring no inbound access to customer environment

Try it out!

If you’re in Orlando, come by the Enterprise Mobility Management table in the mobile campus. You can also go to  where you can get a free 30 day trial with the option to instantly turn your configured test-drive image into a live production system in the cloud. If you already use earlier versions of Afaria you can test this infrastructure to experience Afaria 7.0 capabilities before deciding to upgrade their on-premise deployment or move licenses over to