Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are driving the adoption rate of cloud computing in business, and enthusiasm for BYOD is inspiring employees to work smarter. Both Dell and VMWare agree that BYOD support is now a requirement and the key to a more responsive, productive workforce.

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In this article, we’ll look at how a BYOD policy could make your move to the cloud go more smoothly.

What is BYOD?

BYOD allows users to access corporate data on a device they own personally. The benefits include lower hardware costs, less strain on the training department and a reduced demand for basic support.

The idea of BYOD is to control and manage the use of personal IT hardware so as to minimise security risks. With BYOD comes a need to manage and deploy security policies and ensure data is stored and accessed in a controlled way.

BYOD and Cloud: A Match Made In Heaven

The cloud is the ideal partner to a robust corporate BYOD policy. Through public and private clouds (and a combination of the two – the so-called ‘hybrid’ cloud), data can be delivered over the Internet to employees’ own devices as efficiently and safely as it’s delivered within the organisation’s own four walls.

In turn, BYOD frees up corporate IT infrastructure and makes a move to the cloud more achievable. Users are more enthusiastic about adoption of cloud computing when they understand its benefits, and being able to use their own preferred mobile device is a big factor in achieving satisfaction and raising morale. In turn, productivity improves and employees feel more connected to their colleagues and clients.

BYOD and Security

As part of a BYOD policy, businesses may wish to review their security policies and modernise guidelines around storage of data. Inevitably, supporting a more diverse range of devices means creating a more complex security policy. There may be a need to restrict access to particular services or resources when a certain type of device is used, or keep corporate data only in the cloud – not on a mobile device.

Rather than seeing this as a drawback of BYOD, businesses can use BYOD as an opportunity to upgrade security and ensure data is being correctly managed across the organisation, irrespective of the device it’s delivered to.

Managing BYOD With Dell

Dell cloud computing solutions include Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager, a SaaS product that makes BYOD management simple. Read more about Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager in this InformationWeek article.

Dell has a great range of VMware and cloud computing solutions. Be sure to visit the site at dell.co.uk and browse the solutions on offer.

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