Posted By Industry Perspectives On August 1, 2013 @ 10:47 am In Industry Perspectives | 3 Comments
Bill Kleyman is a virtualization and cloud solutions architect at MTM Technologies  where he works extensively with data center, cloud, networking, and storage design projects. You can find him on LinkedIn .
Virtualization has created a truly scalable environment capable of managing bigger workloads and more users, which is a phenomenon built around efficiency and user density. One of the biggest trends in the current market is IT consumerization, also known as Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD. With the increasingly mobile workforce, administrators are being asked to support more devices as more users begin to use their own machines or devices to access corporate data.
In many cases, allowing users to bring in their own devices will not only create a happier user – it’ll make for a more productive workforce. In working with BYOD, IT administrators and managers must still control the information being delivery as well as the experience. So now the question becomes clear: Do we manage the endpoint or just the workload?
With virtual environments, managers are actually able to centralize the application, data and even desktop delivery process. As a note, no BYOD initiative should ever be a “free-for-all” open environment. There’s still a need to put policies and controls in place to ensure that only supported devices are allowed on site. Once that’s established, there are three solid ways (outside of server virtualization) to “virtualize” and efficiently deliver information to the end-user.
Managing the environment at the data center level creates for a very agile infrastructure. Administrators don’t have to worry about the end-point, outside of just the client software, to deliver an excellent end-user experience. This creates a secure infrastructure where if a personal device is lost – the information is still retained within the data center. A good mobility and BYOD initiative, coupled with virtualization, can create a flexible environment capable of growing with the needs of the user – and the organization.
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