Novell Announces Strategic Partnership With MobileIron For Secure Mobile File Access

Deal will enable secure mobile file access and sharing through Novell Filr and MobileIron AppConnect

October 9, 2013

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Provo, UT. – October 9, 2013 – Novell® today announced that it has partnered with MobileIron, a leader in security and management for mobile apps, content, and devices, to enable more secure mobile file access and sharing through Novell Filr and MobileIron AppConnect. Novell Filr is a mobile file-sharing solution that gives IT complete control of all shared files and provides users with anywhere, any-device access. Novell is the pioneer of networked file and print services and unlike cloud-based file sharing solutions like Dropbox, Skydrive or Google Drive, Novell Filr is built specifically for the enterprise.

Novell and MobileIron simplify the task of offering and securing mobile file access. Novell Filr provides authorized mobile device access to the files that reside on corporate servers, while MobileIron AppConnect keeps managed and personal data separate creating another level of security for IT. With MobileIron AppConnect containerization, files accessed through Novell Filr are encrypted and protected from unauthorized access.

"Due to the enormous growth of mobile devices within the enterprise, IT faces a real challenge with protecting corporate data," said Bob Flynn, president and general manager of Novell. "The strategic partnership with MobileIron allows only authorized employees the ability to access and share corporate files on-the-go through Novell Filr and our on-premise deployment."

By combining the capabilities of Novell Filr with MobileIron AppConnect, IT can disable cut and copy controls for files, disable the opening of documents in certain applications, and whitelist select apps for opening documents. This partnership makes it easier for IT to remain compliant with corporate data loss prevention by securing access and controls by user, and controlling data leakage by restricting replication of the data and usage of restricted apps.

"As mobile becomes the central computing platform for the enterprise, employees need secure mobile access to all their critical files," said Ojas Rege, VP Strategy, MobileIron. "Novell is a trusted name in collaboration and networking and we are excited to combine the app security strength of MobileIron AppConnect with the file-sharing power of Novell Filr."

Novell Filr allows IT to leverage existing infrastructure and security policies, eliminating the need for new hardware investments to enable secure mobile file sharing. With the MobileIron AppConnect integration, only devices that have been approved by IT will be able to launch the Filr application and access files that are stored and shared.


Novell Filr is currently available, and integration with MobileIron AppConnect is now generally available through iTunes and Google Play. For additional information, visit or contact your Novell representative.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. believes that customers should have choice and control of their IT systems. A global software leader for enterprises worldwide, Novell delivers solutions that make people more productive and work environments more secure and manageable. Novell supports thousands of organizations around the world with collaboration, endpoint management, and file and networking technologies, all of which drive end-user productivity. With solutions including Novell Filr, Novell ZENworks Mobile Management and Novell iPrint, Novell focuses on today's mobile, social and multi-platform world to help businesses stay competitive, minimize costs, and get more value from the software they already own. For more information, visit

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About MobileIron

The leader in security and management for mobile apps, content, and devices, MobileIron's mission is to enable organizations around the world to embrace mobility as their primary IT platform in order to transform their businesses and increase their competitiveness. Leading global companies rely on MobileIron's scalable architecture, rapid innovation, and best practices as the foundation for their Mobile First initiatives, including 8 of the top 10 automotive manufacturers, 7 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, 5 of the top 10 banks, 5 of the top 10 law firms, and 4 of the top 10 retailers. For more information, please visit

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