Infographic: The Path to Better BYOD

Our latest infographic examines the differences between the user experience and the IT experience when implementing a BYOD strategy. From user demands for anywhere access to network security, and quick application loading times to a virtual desktop infrastructures, this infographic aims to help you ensure your back-end can support the new demands BYOD places on your IT environment.

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Introducing a Softchoice Journey: From BlackBerry to BYOD and Beyond

Taking a closer look at a real BYOD experience – the one at Softchoice! This is Part one of a four-part series.

Can you believe all of this now fits in one device?

It’s the revolution that’s affecting companies everywhere with no sign of slowing. In fact, it’s projected to be the new norm. Bring your own device, or BYOD, the result of tremendous pressure from the client computing revolution. But the concerns are significant. What with security threats, IT headaches, legal issues and the constant fear of lack of control; BYOD isn’t always a welcome word in the CIO’s objective planner.

But it’s that tricky leading argument that we just can’t seem to get away from: It’s happening anyway. [Read more…]

Surviving (and Thriving) in the BYOD Client Computing Revolution [Infographic]

Whether we like it or not, the revolution is here. The consumerization of IT – or BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – is transforming client computing as we know it.

More and more companies are finding that employees want the freedom to choose the devices they work with. This is putting additional pressure on IT to find ways to safely and securely integrate a variety of  new devices into their infrastructures. And while BYOD does present challenges, the one thing everyone does agree on is that ultimately, it benefits users and organizations by creating better work-life balance, improved productivity and greater flexibility.

As our infographic points out, this revolution is happening quickly. By 2014 mobile will outpace desktop internet usage. So it’s best to start addressing the challenges now – to ensure that you have a plan and policies in place to survive and thrive as the workplace environment changes.

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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…]

Why are you still delivering OS as a device?

 Once upon a time, you delivered an operating system to your employees on their desktop devices – or maybe you still are. You had applications and user profiles on your desktops too. And of course, your service level agreements (SLAs) were tied to the hardware as well because the hardware counted most. If it broke, the OS was gone, the applications and profile were gone. Hardware was king.

 Then a funny thing called virtualization happened. With all your layers of abstraction transferred to your data center, particularly your organization’s OS, you’re now able offer that OS as a service to any device, anywhere, anytime. It doesn’t matter if your employees are on a PC or Mac, an iPad or iPhone, a BYOC system, next door to your data center or halfway around the world. Virtualization has made hardware – and where that hardware physically sits – incidental in a very real way. Software, it turns out, is king now.

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Rolling out a ‘virtualize first’ rule for new IT applications.

 Virtualize first: The #1 rule for new IT applications.

 There are a ton of things you can’t completely predict when it comes to the growth, responsiveness and success of your IT infrastructure. But one that you can bet on, if you’re going to keep pace with change and become or remain a highly efficient and competitive organization, is the need for new applications. Whether it’s an enterprise resource planning tool, a purchasing tool, an HR tool or anything in between, applications will continue to expand in your data center.

 And no matter what tool, service or application you integrate into your IT infrastructure, one rule that should trump nearly everything else is its ability to be virtualized. Because as I’ve mentioned if you’ve adopted a one server per application model, it turns out you’re wasting a lot of resources that most organizations these days really can’t afford to. You’re stepping backwards in terms of your opportunity to be efficient and maximize your capital expenses over the long term.

 So how do you do it? How do you make a ‘virtualize first’ rule work when you’re looking at introducing a new application or service to your IT environment? Realize that with a one server per application model, you’re probably actually going to have to [Read more…]