Jamf Pro now allows IT administrators 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 register virtual EC2 Macs when delivered through the AWS portal.

It means even virtual Macs can have all the security, policy, and access controls you’d expect from the Mac on your home or office desk when signing up.

This is new why?

We know that AWS is one of the largest cloud services companies in the world: it has such an important presence that it is seen as a “hypervisor”. Amazon began offering Mac instances in the cloud in 2020 and enhanced this offering with the subsequent addition of the M1 Mac mini as a service via AWS.

This already means developers can rent Intel- and M1-based Macs, which many use to build, test, package, and sign apps built for different Apple platforms. The problem was that when it came to company-specific apps or data, those cloud-based machines lived in a strange gray area outside of traditional security / MDM policy.

For some AWS users, that’s fine, but as the value of personal data and business intelligence continues to grow in a highly digital age, many business leaders needed more.

What Jamf said

I met Jamf CEO Dean Hager, who shared some information about the new agreement with AWS. He explained that Jamf and Amazon teamed up because Amazon found that its customers needed this kind of integration. They wanted to be able to apply profiles and install software and keep their virtual Macs up to date and managed like physical ones, but providing this wasn’t easy due to the way virtual Mac instances worked.

“We have a long history of problem solving,” Hager said. “So we’ve had the ability to manage virtual instances that don’t depend on MDM but rather on our innovations, and now customers will be able to … procure and manage virtual Macs.”

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Partnering with Jamf provides this as it allows IT administrators to manage these AWS servers just like any other Mac in their fleet. It means organizations can provide managed and reliable access to their macOS workloads on AWS, allowing multiple companies to use these solutions.

“We are excited to continue to push the limits on what is possible with cloud-first technologies centered on the Apple platform,” said Hager.

Why AWS?

AWS customers already run on demand workloads in the cloud. These solutions allow developers to expand the Mac fleet available to manage tasks while building apps; they can simply bring to a new virtual Mac in seconds, dynamically, as required.

Customers can also consolidate Apple, Windows, and Android cross-platform app development on AWS, leading to increased developer productivity and accelerated time-to-market. In very simple terms, this means that developing complex projects across multiple platforms can take advantage of a huge fleet of Macs without the TCO or purchase costs. It also means they get the power they need to get their jobs done quickly.

In a statement, dataJAR founder James Ridsdale said, “As a service provider managing tens of thousands of Macs among our enterprise customers, we understand the value Jamf offers. It enables us to ensure security, management and seamless onboarding of Apple devices in our service platform….

“We are excited to see Jamf work with AWS to continue to provide more options for organizations looking to adopt a range of processing options for their employees, contractors and design workflows through Amazon virtualized instance management. EC2 Mac. We think this will be a compelling solution for many types of customers ”.

Get ready for Apple in corporate week

The news comes as we prepare for one of the busiest weeks on the Apple-in-the-enterprise calendar, with Jamf hosting its vibrant Apple administrator event, JNUC, in San Diego from September 27-29.

I also anticipate that others in the company-centric Apple services space will have more news in the coming weeks.

As I noted earlier, this increasingly intense competition on this side of the Apple industry means that business users have never had such good results when they considered platform diversification. Not to mention, the wave of Apple deployments can grow even more once Apple introduces the new Macs, perhaps as early as next month.

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