Gartner Research

Learn the Taxonomy of Mobile and Endpoint Management Architectures

Published: 12 February 2014

ID: G00257702

Analyst(s): Charles Smulders, Ken Dulaney


Emerging mobile endpoint and security challenges have attracted new solutions with confusing (and often contradictory) sets of descriptions. IT leaders need a firm grasp of the taxonomy of these terms, so that they can make meaningful comparisons and plan for the future.

Table Of Contents


  • Consider PCs, Tablets, Deskphones, Ruggedized Devices, Smartphones and Others Together
  • All Endpoint Devices Should Be Considered Untrusted
  • Isolation Is the Primary Approach to Managing Enterprise Information on Untrusted Devices
  • Industry Terminology Is Confusing
  • There Are 13 Enterprise Workspace Isolation Techniques
  • Expect to Use at Least Six of the 13 Techniques
  • Gartner's Enterprise Endpoint Management Taxonomy
  • Physical Isolation
    • Device Physical Isolation
    • Network Physical Isolation
  • Logical Isolation
    • Network Logical Isolation
    • Device Logical Isolation
  • User Interface
  • Other Related Terms
    • Containers and Containerization
    • Application Extensions (SDKs and App Wrapping)
    • Multipersona

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