7 Technologies That Make BYOD a Reality

seven technologies to enable a BYOD strategy

Let’s start with the obvious.

There is no silver bullet, one-size-fits-all checklist for creating the perfect Bring Your Own Device strategy. Every organization is completely different.

But it’s not as bad as it sounds. Many of the technologies necessary to support a strategy are probably already in your ecosystem. It’s just a matter of knowing what’s missing, and how to leverage what you’ve already got.

To give you a hand, we’ve assembled seven tools and technologies that make planning and executing your BYOD strategy a reality.

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The Revolution of Client Computing

This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here.

The future of client computing has a very different look and feel.  There are a couple of driving forces and they are driving hard and fast.

Always on connectivity is actually finally pervading.  Smartphones with 8MB/s data connections have been here for approximately a year. Tablets with similar connectivity are here.  And now ultabook laptops will include this capability too.  We will have access to our data wherever and whenever we want.

The force behind this persistent connectivity is ubiquitous data. We want our information, the same information, on our phone, on our tablet, on our PC. There are many examples of this becoming common in life and work today.

I frequently write the bulk of a grocery list in Evernote on my PC.  Then get home to realize a few more things are missing, so open Evernote again on my tablet and update the list.  Finally when I get around to going to the grocery store I consume the information from my phone and get things done.  I do use Evernote for other things but this is definitely my favorite as benign as it may be. [Read more…]

One egg, many baskets

How load balancing is helping deliver on the promise of application virtualization.

From systems and storage to networks, virtually every nook and cranny of the IT environment these days is being virtualized. Applications, of course, are no exception, and for good reason. By isolating applications from the underlying operating system and from other applications, then streaming them from a centralized location into an isolated environment on a laptop or other target device to be executed, virtualization makes it a snap to run applications on different computers – not to mention, previously incompatible applications can now be run side by side.

In other words, application virtualization is a game changer in terms of increasing compatibility and manageability. It also:

  • uses fewer resources and saves hardware and software costs
  • simplifies operating systems migrations
  • accelerates application deployment through on-demand application streaming
  • improves security by isolating applications from OS
  • simplifies license usage tracking

Optimizing application performance and ensuring security.

But of course, as with almost any technology such as this, application virtualization has its own set of potential pitfalls, a big one being that by removing applications from the physical device and having them reside on an application server somewhere, you run the risk of that server becoming a single point of failure when, say, too many users try to access the application at the same time or a nasty application-layer bug infects the server and wreaks havoc across your organization. In other words, the old too-many-eggs-in-one-basket dilemma.

Load balancing helps mitigate those sorts of risks by intelligently and dynamically distributing and optimizing incoming traffic among servers hosting the same application content. By balancing application requests across multiple servers, particularly during a surge in traffic, load balancing prevents that single point of failure nightmare scenario and ensures that virtualized applications are always available and responsive. Load balancing even monitors the health, or availability, of servers so as to avoid [Read more…]

Guess what? Virtualization works for your applications too

 So you’re sold on virtualization being the answer to controlling hardware costs in your organization’s long-awaited great Windows 7 implementation. But, you may be wondering, what about all my apps? In other words, you’ve found a resource-friendly way to implement Windows 7 but you worry that won’t amount to a hill of beans for users if your current applications aren’t supported by the new OS. And the time and cost associated with updating all those apps to make them compatible with Windows 7 just isn’t in the cards.

 Well, not to sound like a broken record, but virtualization can help here too.

 How? It’s quite simple. Once your operating system is virtualized – residing on servers in your new data center – it’s able to work independently of your applications and vice versa. That means with virtualization you can take applications that, say, once only ran on your old Windows XP operating system, place them on a centralized server and deliver them to Windows 7 machines – all the while having them remain completely independent of those machines. [Read more…]

The 3 Challenges Of The New Desktop Environment

There’s a perfect storm out there and it’s causing a radical change to the desktop environment.

The proof is everywhere. Start with the prominent use of Windows XP, a 10-year- old operating system causing a mass migration to Windows 7. Next is a sea of aging client hardware, remnants of down-economy budget crises.

Combine these pressures with an onslaught of new tablet devices, exploding into the enterprise, and you have all the ingredients for a complete transformation in desktop delivery practices. “It’s truly a paradigm shift,” says Scott Harper, Softchoice’s Director of Business Development. “End users want to have full access to a customized desktop experience, for all business applications, on any device, anytime, anywhere.”

In the face of this evolution, IT leaders are dealing with a number of key considerations. We explore what Scott sees as the top three challenges of the new desktop environment. [Read more…]