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Cisco Enterprise Mobility Services Platform (EMSP) Data Sheet

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Product Overview

The Cisco® Enterprise Mobility Services Platform (EMSP) is a holistic mobile software platform. It unifies the development, management, maintenance, and distribution of mobile applications across disparate platforms, devices, and back-end systems. Built with Cisco’s thought leadership and integrated with Cisco’s intelligent network services, EMSP simplifies enterprise mobility for businesses in a secure and scalable manner.

Mobility, of course, has become top of mind with most CIOs. Yet dissimilar mobile solutions have created a patchwork approach to mobility with significant efficiency, deployment, and management pain points. EMSP is Cisco’s solution to the “patchwork” problem with a complete enterprise mobility ecosystem platform (Figure 1).

Figure 1.      Cisco EMSP: A Comprehensive Approach to Mobile Apps

Features and Benefits

Cisco EMSP delivers new capabilities that help you make the most of your mobility infrastructure investment (see Table 1).

Table 1.       EMSP Core Capabilities

EMSP Capability

Feature/Enhancement

Business Value

Intelligent infrastructure modules

  Adapters that interface with Cisco Integrated Services Engine (ISE), Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE), Cisco partner and third-party mobile device management (MDM) software, Cisco wireless LAN controllers, and Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) Enterprise Module.
  Exposed infrastructure service APIs for use by other EMSP components.
  Service creation environment to generate integration workflows between infrastructure elements, mobile applications, and enterprise back-end systems.
  Business rules engine to create and process rules based on intelligent information from the infrastructure.
  Controlled and secure enterprise app store (EAS) based on network services integration intelligence.

Reduced development and integration costs, as EMSP is optimized for Cisco’s Intelligent Application Infrastructure.

Reduced app deployment time and time to market with an automated, process-centric approach that includes comprehensive testing and validation.

Mobile application management (MAM)

  User and application management
  Operations, administration, and maintenance (OAM) portal for provisioning and administration
  Blacklisting and whitelisting of apps to manage security
  Device-centric data storage management
  Security management
  Container management
  Service access and management
  Customizable reporting for flexibility to create and extract relevant reports
  Integrated push notification framework
  Management based on location and identity analytics.

Enhanced mobile security. A dynamic approach to MAM means access is no longer strictly “on” or “off.” The MAM system accounts for user identity and device location to set and enforce access rights and policies.

Middleware integration

  Middleware-specific workflows and integrated development environment (IDE) for automating back-end integrations. This automation simplifies infrastructure and enterprise system integration.
  Integrated transformation engine allows analysis and transformation of multiple data formats and caching of data and templates.
  Adapters for integration with various enterprise back-end systems, such as SAP, Oracle, and web services. See the “Platform Support and Compatibility” section for specifics.
  Support for Short Message Service (SMS) and email channels as data inputs or notifications.
  Support for multitenant and cloud deployment models.
  Support for multiple layers of transport and payload security.
  Unified connection pooling to disparate data sources.
  Push notification gateway framework for managing push events, data, analytics, and reporting.

Greater efficiency than many mobile application development platforms. EMSP provides a middleware integration (aggregation) tier for a holistic approach to enterprise mobility, eliminating the cost and compexity of a multivendor, patchwork environment.

Mobile application development

  Separate and optimized IDE for thick, hybrid (native/HTML5), and thin client mobile application development.
  Drag-and-drop capability for development of application user interface.
  XML-based native client IDE to generate cross- platform code.
  Hybrid client IDE based on open-source Cordova/JavaScript libraries.
  Thin client IDE adopts Java Server Faces (JSF)−based technology with dynamic screen elements based on device’s browser capabilities.
  Multilingual support for applications.
  Offline data support and synchronization for mobile application data.
  Containerized hybrid framework.
  Integrated emulators for testing within the IDE (Android, BlackBerry).
  Automated binaries generated for applications from IDE (Android, BlackBerry).
  Native container feature for all Android, iOS, and BlackBerry devices.
  Ability to block and unblock application access.
  MAM development featu res:
   Container management
   Remote app provisioning and version management
   Role-based access and authorization
   Device registration and tracking
   Remote wiping of application data

Creating and managing mobile apps is faster and less costly because of mobile and enterprise application integration.

Ability to integrate vertically specific and functional business layers.

Allows for single application code development to be rendered to any device or platform, greatly reducing costs and development time.

Mobile enterprise app store (EAS)

  UI based on HTML5, built using JQuery for optimized experience
  Authentication based on Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  Role-based access
  Device-centric applications for enterprise and consumer category
  Rating and comments on applications
  Search capability
  Version management
  Push integration
  Reporting
  Responsive UI
  Public app store application links

Enables mobile application lifecycle management that is tightly aligned with role and identity security features.

System dashboard

  Troubleshooting portal
  System health portal
  Logging portal
  Alarm dashboard

Reduces cost and complexity, thanks to having a single point for managing, controlling, monitoring, and maintaining mobile apps.

Platform Support and Compatibility

   Adapters to interface with the following:

     Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

     Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE) and Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX)

     Cisco partner and third-party MDM software

     Cisco wireless LAN controllers

     Cisco APIC Enterprise Module for software-defined networking (SDN)

   Universal business integration adapter framework currently supports the following middleware integration technology adapters:

     HTTP(S), Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), representational state transfer (REST)

     Relational database management system (RDBMS)

     Java Message Service (JMS)

     LDAP

     Java API

   The following enterprise adaptors can be packaged in conjunction with the advance EMSP license:

     SAP

     Siebel

     PeopleSoft

     Microsoft customer relationship management (CRM)

Licensing

The Cisco EMSP is available in two license versions: Basic and Advanced. Table 2 compares the two.

Table 2.       Description and Comparison of Two License Options

Feature

Basic

Advanced

Intelligent infrastructure modules

Full feature set

Full feature set

Mobile application management

Full feature set

Full feature set

Middleware integration

Full feature set with the following base adapters:

  HTTP(S)
  SOAP
  REST
  Java API
  JMS
  RDBMS
  Push gateway
  SMS gateway
  Email channel gateway
  Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
  Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE)
  Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  LDAP
  MDM

Full feature set with the base adapters listed to the left, plus the following advanced adapters:

  SAP
  Siebel
  PeopleSoft
  Microsoft CRM
  Oracle On-Demand CRM

Mobile application development

Full feature set

Full feature set

Mobile EAS

Full feature set

Full feature set

System Requirements

Table 3 lists the minimum system requirements for Cisco EMSP.

Table 3.       System Requirements

 

Basic

Advanced

Host operating system

(physical or virtual servers)

Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7 64-bit systems

Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7 64-bit systems

Number of virtual CPU(s)

4

4

Minimum hard disk space

50 GB

50 GB

Minimum RAM

8 GB

8 GB

Several configurations are possible:

   For smaller installations, the application server and the web server can be installed on one server.

   For larger installations, the application server and the web server must be on separate servers.

   Each server must adhere to the minimum requirements outlined in Table 3.

System requirements may vary based on the configuration and scale desired.

Warranty Information

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For More Information

For more information about the Cisco EMSP, contact your local account representative.