Excerpted from Managing Apple Devices: Deploying and Maintaining iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Devices, Second Edition by Arek Dreyer and Kevin M. White

Mobile Device Management (MDM) is an umbrella term for any technologies that allow an administrator to manage devices remotely. MDM is also referred to as over-the-air (OTA) management because MDM functions are delivered over network connections that are commonly accessed via Wi-Fi or cellular connections. Although the abbreviations OTA and MDM are often used interchangeably, OTA more accurately refers to the act of deploying something remotely, whereas MDM describes the underlying technology that makes that deployment possible.

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