Jamf Pro Now Allows IT Admins to Manage AWS Mac Instances
Jamf has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to introduce new tools that allow IT administrators using Jamf Pro to enroll virtual EC2 Macs when provisioned through the AWS Portal.
That means even virtual Macs can have all the security, policy, and access controls you’d expect from a Mac at your home or office upon signup.
This is news because?
We know that AWS is one of the largest cloud services companies in the world – its presence is such that it is considered a “hypervisor”. Amazon started offering cloud-based Mac instances in 2020 and accelerated that offering with the later addition of M1 Mac mini as a service through AWS.
That already means developers can hire Intel- and M1-based Macs, which many use to build, test, package, and sign apps designed for different Apple platforms. The problem was that when it came to enterprise-specific applications or data, these cloud-based machines lived in a strange gray area outside of traditional MDM/security policy.
That’s great for some AWS users, but as the value of personal data and business intelligence continues to grow in a highly digital age, many business leaders needed something more.
What Jamf said
I caught up with Jamf CEO Dean Hager who shared some insights on the new deal with AWS. He explained that Jamf and Amazon came together because Amazon discovered that its customers needed this kind of integration. They wanted to be able to apply profiles and install software and keep their virtual Macs as up-to-date and managed as their physical Macs, but that wasn’t easy because of how virtual Mac instances work.
“We have a long history of problem solving,” Hager said. “So we’ve delivered a capability to manage virtual instances that doesn’t depend on MDM but rather our own innovations, and now customers will be able to…procure and manage virtual Macs.”
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The partnership with Jamf provides this because it allows IT administrators to manage these AWS servers as they can with any other Mac in their fleet. This means organizations can provide managed and reliable access to their macOS workloads on AWS, enabling more businesses to use these solutions.
“We’re excited to continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible with Apple’s platform-centric cloud technologies,” Hager said.
AWS customers are already running on-demand workloads in the cloud. These solutions allow developers to increase their available Mac fleet to manage tasks when creating applications; they can simply bring in a new virtual Mac in seconds, dynamically, as needed.
Customers can also consolidate cross-platform Apple, Windows, and Android application development on AWS, helping to increase developer productivity and speed time to market. In very simple terms, this means that developing complex projects across multiple platforms can benefit from a huge fleet of Macs without the TCO or purchase costs. It also means they get the power they need to get the job done quickly.
In a report, DataJAR founder James Ridsdale said“As a service provider managing tens of thousands of Macs across our enterprise customers, we understand the value that Jamf brings. It allows us to provide security, management, and seamless integration of Apple devices into our platform. -form of services….
“We’re excited to see Jamf’s work with AWS to continue to provide more options for organizations looking to adopt a range of IT options for their employees, contractors, and engineering workflows through management. virtualized Amazon EC2 Mac instances. We believe this will be a compelling solution for many types of customers.
Get ready for Apple Week in Business
The news comes as we prepare for one of the busiest weeks on Apple’s calendar in the company, with Jamf hosting its own dynamic event for Apple administrators, JNUC, in San Diego from September 27-29.
I also anticipate others in the enterprise-focused Apple services space will have more news in the coming weeks.
As I’ve noted before, this increased competition in this side of the Apple industry means that enterprise users have never looked better when considering platform diversification. Not to mention, Apple’s wave of rollouts will only grow even larger once Apple introduces new Macs, possibly as early as next month.
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