BYOD is not going away soon and the adoption rate is accelerating. Virtualization is now a standard technology in the data centre. The question comes up is how do you extend enterprise storage services to non IT devices? Content creation will increase with these devices however they are outside the realm of most corporate strategies when it comes to protecting and securing this data. Considering that over 50% of all corporate data resides outside the data center industry compliance is an excellent reason to extend corporate capacity to these end nodes.
Virtualization is now common whether it is from VMWare, Citrix, Microsoft or RedHat as it allows servers, storage and networking capacity to be provisioned on the fly. Enterprise data centers already have services in place for disaster recovery and business continuity with established service level agreements. There is no reason these services cannot be extended to non IT assets. While VDI as a hosted Windows environment serves a purpose, a large segment of the user population who don’t use Windows applications go unsupported!
Enterprise storage solution from EMC, NetApp, WhipTail, and HP have built-in redundancy, data de-duplication, and scalability to extend services to mobile and remote users. Their ability to tier data on different storage mediums based on demand allows it to provide a cost-effective solution. These enterprise storage services however are limited to traditional desktop infrastructure when they could be extended to end nodes that are evolving from corporate assets to consumer devices. It is these consumer devices where the bulk of corporate data and intellectual property will be created!
Mac users use mac applications and as a result many only use a Windows hosted desktop when necessary. Extending a virtualized or cloud infrastructure to non corporate devices was a design consideration for Orchard Parc. OPUS leverages a virtualized and cloud infrastructure to extend corporate datacenter services to non Windows environments like the Mac. As a result corporate applications, data and persona’s can be backed up in the datacenter. Also, disaster recovery can now extend to the user not the device! Enterprise storage can now enable the use of roaming profiles to Mac users within a virtualized or cloud infrastructure!
Enterprise storage is an untapped resource within the datacenter that can be leveraged in a BYOD environment. While disaster recovery is of importance within the data center it is of equal importance for the end-user on the road. The ability to extend enterprise storage services within a BYOD environment is becoming of greater importance. Content creation will increase the need for enterprise storage services as a result of the productivity enhancements of these new devices and applications.