Desktop Vitualisation makes BYOD viable
In a previous article introducing the concepts behind BYOD (bring your own device) several aspects of this “minefield” were covered, the biggest bugbears being security and compatibility.
For every action there’s an equal an opposite reaction!
Security, devices outside of a company have a tend to wander, be that theft or someone else in the household borrowing it. Either way confidential information has the opportunity of going public domain. To deal with theft, the previous article mentioned remote locking and wiping of a device to burn the bridge and deny access, all viable and deployed but all extra work for the device owner and the stressed IT to perform.
Compatibility, within constraints (don’t care how good the RaspberryPI is your not working it) has its pitfalls PC and Mac try their best to get one, but different file types for example, leads to further problems importing and amending data that’s been generated.
Some applications try to bring it together Office 365 is the shining example uniting Android & Windows Phone devices with the PC stalwart but cost is a consideration to the device owner and/or to the company for the proviso of such software. I’ve recently been involved is setting up two Office 365 environments for a friends company, a small setup 10 workers or so was a bargin bucket solution, the other an enterprise setup of over 150 staff introduced some interesting issues where further expense was the solution.
Benefits of the Desktop virtualisation Solution
Basically you’re giving the employee a “key” in the form of a VPN connection to access an pre setup secure environment, as the employee works from a virtual machine that doesn’t require the permissions that an app on a device may require .
Data is secure on the company servers. The company has no need to look at phone data, because nothing on the virtual server will be affected by it. In terms of employee privacy, it’s as near a perfect solution as can be found with our current technology.
Provided that the data isn’t saved on the employee device so remote wipes aren’t necessary. If an employee loses their device, their account can simply be denied access. Firewalls are put in place on the company server side; not on the employee device. There are still some limited security concerns, but a less stressful time for IT, and cost saving for the company and employee.
Incompatibility Issues, various tablets have different OS so basically some programs simply wont work in those native environments on the device. Access by way of RDP to virtual machines means all staff have access to the same software they use at their desks. Of course, this means that they can still use the same firewall and security programs as well.
In a world where the only thing valued more than company security is individual privacy, tech experts are trying to find the perfect solution to the BYOD dilemma. Virtual Desktop Infrastructures offers a cheap and solid methodology keep the peace with the company and user.