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    Introducing Linux Device Management: Unleashing a new era at Scalefusion

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    Introducing Linux Device Management

    Today, we step onto a new journey for device management, where you can now use Scalefusion to manage Linux devices. This is one of many firsts that we intend to do in the Linux space.

    We started Scalefusion UEM with the very idea to revolutionize the ways enterprises manage their devices, from the very first kiosk lockdown for Android to extending support to iOS, macOS and Windows 7/8.1, 10 and 11. For the last 8 years, Scalefusion has been helping businesses of all sizes in simplifying their device management. We believed all these years that the device management playbook is incomplete without extending support for Linux, and we are elated to be doing so, in 2023.

    For more than 30 years, Linux has been one of the most popular open-source projects in the world. Enticing hundreds of thousands of developers and millions of lines of code written to run Linux apps that have shaped the modern technology that surrounds us today – be it gaming, productivity, entertainment or education.

    The importance of Linux in the enterprise world is unmistakable since more than 100,000 (and counting) enterprise apps including office suites, web browsers, media players and development tools are being used day-to-day. Used in a wide range of devices, including servers, desktop computers, laptops, smartphones and embedded systems, Linuxs’ openly available source code makes it a hot favorite among the developer community as well as users.

    Linux Mobile Device Management

    This also brings forth a unique challenge – the more the number of Linux devices in the enterprise or business ecosystem, the more cumbersome it gets to manage them. Especially when juxtaposed with devices belonging to other OSs, Linux device management could weigh IT teams down, more than they can take on. And this was one of the persistent challenges we saw our customers face.

    Which is why, we are excited to announce the support for device management for Linux (Debian-based) devices. As a team, this feels like a huge win. But we also know that we have barely scratched the surface.

    Say hello to Scalefusion UEM for Linux

    As we take incremental steps into the world of Linux device management, with our first version of Linux UEM, we have addressed the key concerns of enterprises utilizing Linux Debian-based devices. This includes key features such as:

    Enrollment

    We know the drill. It’s tough. Throw in a remote or globally distributed workforce or device inventory and it’s arduous and weighs down the IT teams. We’ve made Linux device enrollment straightforward. If you are already a Scalefusion user, it is even easier for you to get started. Our policy application process is neat and your IT can get started in no time.

    Linux Device

    Monitoring

    The key piece of the device management puzzle is monitoring, regular and rigorous monitoring of every single enterprise device, app or data. With Scalefusion Linux UEM, we break it down for you. You can obtain all the vital information about the health of your Linux devices from the Scalefusion dashboard.

    Custom Scripts

    Streamline tasks and boost productivity by harnessing the power of custom scripts. With the ability to perform a wide range of functions, you can streamline tasks and save valuable time. Simply upload your bash scripts and deploy them to your managed Linux devices, and view detailed output that lets IT admins perform administrative tasks like a breeze.

    Remote Actions

    Don’t just look, leap. With a bunch of key data points around your Linux device inventory available, you can take quick and informed actions on the devices remotely, including device shutdown and device reboot. Using Scalefusion UEM for Linux, executing Linux scripts to perform any operation on Linux devices remotely is now possible.

    Security

    The one element that can create an ‘all hell breaking loose’ situation for enterprises is any lapses with security. Especially since Linux devices are exceptionally known for their remarkable stability and security. We have enabled the password policy configuration for Linux devices to make sure that the devices and the data are accessed by authorized users only. To limit any vulnerability from being exposed when devices connect to the internet, you can also enforce Wi-Fi configurations on the managed Linux devices. To eliminate the risk of malicious attempts to access the devices (or the data), you can also configure the peripheral access for Linux devices using Scalefusion.

    With this release, we have extended the support for the following versions:

    Ubuntu: 

    1. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS: Bionic Beaver

    2. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS: Focal Fossa

    3. Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS: Jammy Jellyfish

    Mint:

    1. Mint 19.1: Tessa

    2. Mint 20.1: Ulyssa

    3. Mint 21.1: Vera

    Kali: 

    1. Kali 2022.4

    Scalefusion UEM for Linux is the right fit for distributed teams across diverse industries as well as large and complex environments, such as large organizations and offices with thousands of devices, connected factories and industries that need to adhere to stringent regulations, data centers or cloud-based infrastructures.

    Needless to say, our team is gearing up to add the next set of features to Scalefusion Linux device management. 

    What to expect in the next few months

    As we relentlessly work towards bettering our Linux UEM, we plan to add more features to our current set. This includes Kiosk Lockdown, Device Hardening, Remote Cast and Control, Application Management, Workflows and many more.

    Making your device management easier, every day

    We do not believe that enterprises should have to make a choice of devices that they want to use across the board. We understand it cannot be all or nothing, which is why extending support to all the popular operating systems that are used in the enterprise space is important to us. Our customers can choose the devices they want to use from Android, iOS, macOS, Windows and now Linux and manage them using one single piece of software- Scalefusion. We are now breaking the barriers that deter organizations from choosing between the devices that help them scale and accelerate their productivity and the devices they can manage. With Scalefusion, you CAN do it all. 

    In 2015, we believed that we could change the way organizations looked at device management- from a dull, boring tool that they probably need to have, to a contraption that contributes to their success and growth. With the Linux release, we see so much potential in the UEM space that it excites us as a team and we hope it excites our customers too.

    What stays at the forefront is how our customers adopt the features we create, to optimize their device management and in turn, their business processes. We are always on the lookout for ways to make our offerings more usable. We invite our customers to provide us with their priceless feedback and suggestions for improvements. You can do so by reaching out to us at support [at] scalefusion [.] com

    We look forward to you trying out the all-new Linux Device Management by Scalefusion.

    Sriram Kakarala
    Sriram Kakarala
    Sriram has been developing mobile applications for 10+ years. His experiences include working on a BYOD solution, a custom Android OS for the enterprises and multi-headed Chat clients for consumers. He has had experience working for early stage start-ups to mid-size stuck-ups and near-stagnant MNC’s. On a personal level he thinks a nice sandwich is all that the world needs!!.

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