With a great deal of fanfare from Microsoft® around Azure®, there is no doubt that many IT admins are considering every service that Azure offers. Among those services, one that is drawing a good deal of attention is Intune®. In this blog post, we will discuss what Intune is, its target market, and Intune alternatives.
Intune and Mobile
Intune is Microsoft’s answer to the both the MDM (mobile device management) and MAM (mobile application management) markets. With increasing mobile device usage in IT environments, IT organizations are working hard to find ways to corral them. Intune is one such solution with its intent to provide IT organizations a way to manage mobile devices and mobile applications. Along with it, of course, Microsoft also added in support for Windows® systems. Perhaps surprisingly, Microsoft threw in some basic macOS® management capabilities as well.
Intune and SCCM / ConfigMgr
These abilities have propelled many to perceive Intune as the next generation System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM or ConfigMgr), but perception is not always reality. Historically, SCCM, along with Active Directory®, was aimed at on-prem Windows systems and server implementations. Intune’s target market, on the other hand, is really those that are leveraging Azure® and Office 365® and would like to manage access to these solutions while containing it to compliant devices only. Ultimately, Intune works well for Microsoft-centric organizations and those focused on MDM-related activities. So, while there is some overlap in the ability to manage systems via ConfigMgr, the use cases are much different.
Potential Intune Alternatives
In light of this, it becomes easier to think of Intune alternatives. One set of alternatives is solutions that directly compete with Intune; specifically, the tools that comprise the MDM market, of which there are many competing players. The other way that some are thinking of this problem has to do with concepts that surround Intune like cloud-based device management. Now that we’ve defined the category, what should it do? Well, it should work in cross-platform environments filled with macOS®, Linux®, (Read more...)