Apple @ Work: Acquisitions lead to difficulties in managing Windows and Linux devices

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I believe 2024 will be the year of many mergers and acquisitions in the enterprise IT and software space. ZIRP (Zero Interest Rate Policy) has ended, and as debt becomes much more expensive, many companies find themselves in a situation where their business model no longer makes sense. These mergers and acquisitions often result in companies becoming nervous about the future. If you have a license to a company's software and it is purchased, the result is usually poorer service, increased fees, or both. One such situation that companies are facing today is Broadcom's acquisition of VMware. Today, Fleet is announcing support for Linux and Windows to make the transition from Workspace ONE easier.

About Apple @ Work:

About Apple @ Work:

strong> Bradley Chambers managed the corporate IT network from 2009 to 2021. With experience deploying and managing firewalls, switches, MDM, enterprise Wi-Fi, thousands of Macs, and thousands of iPads, Bradley shares how Apple IT managers deploy Apple devices, build networks to support them, and train users, stories from the IT management trenches, and ways Apple can improve its products for IT departments.

With Fleet, enterprise IT teams can streamline operations by eliminating dependency on specialized management like Microsoft Intune , Ivanti MobileIron and the recently acquired Broadcom Workspace ONE (formerly Airwatch). Fleet aims to ease the burden of acquisitions by adding Linux and Windows support to its open source and Git device management systems.

“We wanted this to be our last MDM migration,” said an IT manager at a large gaming company. “Instead of letting a bunch of tools dictate how we staff and manage, Fleet represents a lower level of abstraction. This gives administrators a more open and consistent approach to device management. We can define how to manage devices in one place, whether we're talking about Declarative Device Management (DDM) and FileVault in macOS, Autopilot and Configuration Service Providers (CSPs) in Windows, or remote lock/wipe for Linux. ”

“Many organizations today use 2, 3 or even 4 MDM platforms in addition to their own internal integrations based on a mix of Apple, Linux and Windows devices or a variety of other factors,” said Ken Buckler. Director of Research, Enterprise Management Associates. “The resulting complexity and the need for platform-specific training and staffing can add complexity to certain workflows and reduce productivity, as well as significantly increasing costs. Platforms like Fleet, with unified support for all major operating systems, solve these problems and provide great value in the market today.”

Some key features of Fleet:

  • Manage all types of devices with one open source platform.
  • Perform audits and staff offline without requiring engineers to give up their Linux machines.
  • Accelerate adoption “ zero trust” with convenient built-in MDM functionality.
  • Choose an easy-to-use GUI or manage devices with a DevOps/GitOps/config-as-code approach.
  • Automatically collect system information without having to maintain unique vendor abstractions such as Jamf Extension Attributes (EA) and custom fields.
  • Minimize the risk associated with MDM configuration adjustments and save on engineering effort with integrated approval and version control processes. .


As I said, acquiring suppliers can be very alarming for clients. My advice to anyone working in corporate IT departments is to continually monitor how you fire each of your vendors. You don't want to be locked into one vendor that controls your infrastructure.

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