Compare Microsoft Intune vs. VMware AirWatch

Microsoft Intune is ranked 3rd in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) with 9 reviews while VMware AirWatch is ranked 2nd in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) with 11 reviews. Microsoft Intune is rated 7.2, while VMware AirWatch is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Intune writes "It helps restrict certain access to mobile devices. But, it is Samsung knox centric". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware AirWatch writes "Self-service and automation, along with integration with major players, are key for us". Microsoft Intune is most compared with VMware AirWatch, Jamf Pro and IBM MaaS360, whereas VMware AirWatch is most compared with Microsoft Intune, Jamf Pro and IBM MaaS360. See our Microsoft Intune vs. VMware AirWatch report.
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It helps implement conditional access policies to restrict mobile users from accessing potentially dangerous emails.The aspects I find most valuable are the managing the data and applications. I can also restrict the users to install any applications. I can also wipe the data if the phone was missplaced or stolen. These are the basics for me.It is a very helpful solution.We have a BYOD policy, and this solution helps us manage our devices.It is a helpful tool to manage BYOD policies.In terms of technical support, you will get an immediate response.It's really easy to access....Intune itself integrates with that entire Microsoft ecosystem. As an individual product itself, it's okay. It holds up. But when you start saying "I've bought this as part of a wider solution, as a company we are going Microsoft throughout," then it makes more sense to have Microsoft Intune... so you have that single dashboard.

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The feature that we find most valuable is the corporate email pushing.We used to have a system before, Mac OS Open Directory server and this open directory became obsolete because Apple decided to stop the enterprise market, so there was no other alternative for us to use. We chose this to replace the open directory and we found that it has many more features than the previous solution. We totally rely on it right now to manage all the devices on campus.It seems highly stable and scalable.No issues with scalability.It's all about securing data with the help of the email client called VMware Boxer. It enables the end-user to carry data in their mobile devices but there is containerization between the personal data and the organization's data. It helps enhance their security while still carrying their own BYOD.People who want to adopt this solution may be thinking about it from the end-user's perspective, but this solution is also very friendly for the people who manage it. It's administration-friendly.For me, the integration of AirWatch with various enterprise components is something I like. The way they are partnering with various services, like security services, or some of the big guys like Google, Android, Apple, and including Microsoft; that's really awesome. And the way they look at providing functionality to create self-service and automation, that's really usefully and beneficial. That's where I see they differentiate themselves.If an outside person tries to track or hack information, it is not possible without us being notified.

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Intune should be much more granular in terms of supporting more Android cellular devices.I think there should be a better tracking of the cell phones used on the Intune.I think that there is room for improvement with the reporting. If this is done, it will be a better product.There are a few security features that are not available in Microsoft Intune, when compared to other products.There are a couple of issues with stability.I would like to see micro VPN. I like the way that some of the other providers have done something similar where, as you open that app on an end-point device, it creates a micro VPN straight into your device, which is quite a nice little feature. Also, Microsoft Intune relies heavily on its fellow products in the suite. It would be nice if Microsoft Intune could stand on its own two feet.It needs incorporation of Knox, ZeroTouch, etc.It needs certificate provisioning for S/MIME purposes.

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The mobile device repository is somewhat difficult to manage with a large user base.The setup was very difficult. It was not as easy as I had expected.In terms of the inventory management side, as in the invoice management, the stock management and the entire inventory of an organization is lagging a bit in comparison to Blackberry or other EMM solutions.Setup is not too complex.One of the things that I want them to improve on, if possible, is the management of Mac devices, MacBook Pro, for example. They do it, but they have scope for improvement, in my opinion. It's not that it's that bad, it just a small need.The console comes bunched together as a package and inbuilt. Its called Workspace ONE. Whenever we have an issue, we contact the service provider, and instead of a fix, we are just getting the next version of Workspace ONE.The Content Locker cannot inherit permissions for the Windows Public Folder. If they could integrate with Microsoft on this point, it would be the perfect functionality.We're unhappy with the quality of support we get for it. We're unhappy with how upgrades occur, so we are migrating away from it. We have an on-premise AirWatch solution and for us to do upgrades we have to call AirWatch to be able to perform the upgrades. They're busy, and scheduling it is not timely enough for us.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The product is offered as part of a Microsoft standard bundle. The pricing can be competitive to Airwatch, and Maas360.I have no comment on pricing of the solution.The purchase of the product was handled by someone else.Microsoft Intune is a cost effective choice. It is less expensive than other products on the market.There is a cost benefit of using Microsoft Intune because of the packaging with other Microsoft products.

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If you purchase it for one year, it is very expensive. If you get it for three years or up to five years, then you can bargain a better price.I think the pricing of the product needs advisement. It would be great to bundle the VM products together. I think the actual box itself should be included in the license. At present, it is not paired with the mobile device.The pricing and licensing are affordable. They are not too high.I have no opinion about the pricing of the product.In terms of pricing, this solution is definitely much more expensive compared to other solutions, like MobileIron or MaaS360 or any other product in the market. This solution is more expensive by 30 or 40 percent.

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Answers from the Community
Nurit Sherman
author avatarJijoJoseph

Which of these two solutions would you recommend for Mobile Device Management? Why?

A: AirWatch, Intune is not matured enough to handle all the policy, platform, at this point in time, maybe future.

One of the major issue to handle wireless policy (certificate base) and missing secure launcher (AirWatch) functionality.

A: AirWatch bundle as Workspace1 (WS1) which can be managed other devices like Laptop desktop (Windows10, MAC).

Are you using a different Mobile Device Management solution? Do you recommend it?

We use Intune but moving to Airwatch

author avatarJules Jacklin

The answer to this depends on many factors...

Have admin'd and had experience with JAMF Pro, Air Watch, Mobile Iron and Meraki in medium to large enterprises. Currently working on project to update a National Jamf Pro EMM for an education client.

If supporting Apple devices in medium > large enterprises, Jamf Pro is the best choice. It's integration with Apple DEP, ASM & Intune is best of breed. JAMF's feature release's is always within a day of Apple releasing new software features and support and their support is exceptional.

Supporting Android and Windows desktops, Airwatch - good product, find release of features into platform a little on the slow side (from an Apple point of view).
Remembering this product does cover many systems, It does a great job.

If security (VPN) is a focus, Mobile Iron... not a fan of UI.

Meraki, excellent little product and pioneered MDM in the early days and is growing to be a mature product - excellent for small to medium.

I've had some exposure to Intune, hopefully they'll focus on developing the product and support, not resting of their laurels of roping a system into place due to ease of licensing and costs...

author avatarKeith Schultheiss

The differences are very close, Intune cannot push an app to a device. It does it within 8 hours. Some clients need new app versions and upgrades pushed so AirWatch is better. The AirWatch portal is more polished than Intune but that’s more of a tech’s issue and not the customers.

author avatarFaisal K Han

Market leader in MDM is IBM MaaS 360 in terms of maturity and security but depending upon your enterprise preference you can go with InTune or Airwatch. Further to above comments, it depends upon whats your BYOD policy and what types of devices and OS you have to cater with. Additionally, It further depends if there is an ABW (activity-based working) need to fulfill. Microsoft SCCM, Apple JAMF, IBM MaaS 360 or VM Airwatch choice depends upon your technology model / enterprise architecture.

author avatarChethana Chandrasekhar
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Microsoft Intune, being a consolidation of advanced management of mobile devices and enterprise apps, appropriates your organisational needs by executing efficient strategies for mobile device and app management controls. Thus, your employees would be able to work with their desired devices and apps along while securing your organizational data.

VMware AirWatch Mobile Device Management solution permits enterprises to overcome the challenges associated with mobility, by rendering efficient and simplified methods to observe and manage all devices from the central admin console. VMware AirWatch with its digital workspace platform Workspace ONE, secures access to apps and IT management for the modern workforce.

The pricing plan of AirWatch incorporates Quote-based as well as Annual subscription while Intune supports Monthly payment. Microsoft Intune supports integration with other Microsoft services such as Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Graph API for workflow tasks automation. VMware AirWatch integrates with existing IT infrastructures and systems, third-party repositories and Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS). Intune supports over a dozen languages while the languages supported by AirWatch are English, German and French. Moreover, Intune comes with an extra option of Live support along with Phone, Ticket & Training as in AirWatch.

According to FinancesOnline reviews, the overall scoring value is higher for Microsoft Intune while AirWatch leads in customer satisfaction.

If you are checking out various Enterprise Mobility Management solutions, here’s an MDM you wouldn’t want to miss.

author avatarcarlos villafane

I would segust FUSION UEM from VXL It has all the latest technology does not matter which OS full support on anything with an endpoint so Mobile devices as PC and laptops easy to use no special training needed install in less than 20 min anything from Android and IOS 4 and opwords and not so expenses as the other brands

author avatarMark Smit

Although I never worked with AirWatch nor Intune I would choose AirWatch simply because its an OS independant solution. you can see solutions like BlackBerry and MobileIron working hard to include windows endpoints into their solution and I can't imagine AirWatch isn't doing the same.
I can imagine Intune development being more focused on microsoft, leaving iOS and Android endpoints lacking in the speed of updates.

Key in your decision is knowledge of your MDM/EMM needs. What do you want to achieve, What needs to be managed, what level of security do you really need etc. Get that inventory right and take it from there.

author avatarTycho Sjögren

Being an Apple only site we use Jamf Pro. We have found it to be the best solution for our Macs and iOS units. Zero day support for new releases and targeted only for Apple devices.

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Intune is a cloud-based service in the enterprise mobility management (EMM) space that helps enable your workforce to be productive while keeping your corporate data protected. With Intune, you can:

  • Manage the mobile devices your workforce uses to access company data.
  • Manage the mobile apps your workforce uses.
  • Protect your company information by helping to control the way your workforce accesses and shares it.
  • Ensure devices and apps are compliant with company security requirements.
AirWatch is the leader in enterprise-grade Mobile Device Management, Mobile Application Management and Mobile Content Management solutions designed to simplify mobility. Designed to track, monitor and manage an organization's mobile devices, AirWatch provides today's IT function with a single, integrated, real-time view. Highly scalable, web based and with a multi-tenant architecture, AirWatch can easily manage hundreds of devices, regardless of manufacturer, operating system or location.
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Mitchells and Buzzers, CallawayAustralian Sports Commission, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Lomond School, Merck, United Bank, Medical College of Wisconsin, Latymer Upper School, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Dowling Aaron Inc., Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Harrogate Grammar School, Duke University Football, Delta Air Lines, Adventist Health System, Giochi Preziosi, Cramlington Learning Village, Intermountain Healthcare, Safexpress, TAG Aviation
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