Samsung launched a Note 8 for enterprise

Originally published at: https://bayton.org/2017/11/samsung-launched-a-note-8-for-enterprise/

Yesterday, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 Enterprise Edition, a PC-Class version of the consumer device better suited to a corporate environment. What does it mean? Many organisations today have a hardware lifecycle they like to follow. It may be 3 years, 5 years or another number that normally ties in with support contracts, budgets, reliability, or other factors. However long they may be, they’re almost guaranteed to be at odds with consumer-grade hardware – specifically in the Android ecosystem – that’s been encroaching upon enterprises over the last several years; with the annual refreshes, a maximum of 18 months of software support and security updates, and a growing difficulty as time goes by to be able to replace a broken device with the same model as OEMs and carriers choose to stop making or stocking them, managing these devices can be a bit of a headache. Samsung, then, are looking to fix that in two ways: Allow the devices to be purchased for a longer period Support the software on the devices for up to three years, and keep them patched monthly with security updates to prevent lingering vulnerabilities These add up to a longer lifecycle for the device, making them easier to replace for a longer time and guarantee they won’t fall out of date and become susceptible to vulnerabilities anywhere near as quickly as competing devices still running on a consumer lifecycle, thus more PC-Class, even though the device is physically no different to the consumer model.…