BYOD Intro

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How can businesses benefit from a BYOD environment?

After Cloud Computing and Virtualization, BYOD is the next buzz term in the IT segment. Be it with large enterprises or SMBs, the concept of BYOD environment is gaining prominence in recent times. With growing business demands, changing technologies and shrinking budgets, businesses are looking at BYOD as an effective option to cut down expenses and increase SLAs. Initially, this concept was confined to email solutions, however nowadays employees can access corporate networks and critical data using RDP and VDI solutions.

What is BYOD?

Though the acronym BYOD means bring your own device. To explain further, it is an innovative concept of allowing employees to bring their own devices to log in to business networks. Be it laptops, iPhones, iPads or Android devices, employees have the flexibility to access corporate data using any device from home or office. The BYOD environment is commonly seen in corporate networks as well as VOIP networks.

Intel was the first company that embraced the concept of BYOD in 2009. The company was quick to foresee the revolution this new concept would bring into the IT segment. The primal reason of BYOD is to cut down on infrastructure expenses and improve on productivity levels of the company. Unisys, VMWare and Citrix quickly joined the community. Today, several companies are amending their business policies to accommodate this trend.

The necessity of BYOD

While laptops ruled the last decade, smart phones and tablets are dominating present-day technology. In every company, top management personnel use 2-3 different company devices. By implementing a BYOD policy, businesses can reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO). Secondly, this new policy will allows employees to log in to the corporate network from home, office or while traveling around. By doing so, employees are always available in the network, therefore with a work-from-home concept, productivity levels are sure to increase. In addition, employees love to work with their preferred brands. For instance, a person who is passionate about iPhones would love to connect to a network using their iPhone. Consequently, there is an increased level of job satisfaction while attrition levels are minimized. Moreover, employees take more care while using their own devices which removes maintenance hassles and their related costs.

Another important area is virtualization. With server and desktop virtualization dominating the IT segment, every company is moving to the cloud. Desktop virtualization allows you to optimize resources and minimize infrastructure costs. By using a powerful solution such as 2X Remote Application Server, businesses can create seamless virtual desktops. In a VDI environment, implementing a BYOD policy is more cost effective and secure as well. The main reason for a BYOD environment is to improve business performance at optimized costs. Cloud computing and virtual desktop concepts effectively augment this benefit.

Security is a major concern in a BYOD environment. While companies need to implement high security policies to prevent unauthorized access of data, employee privacy should also be prioritized. Device management and mobile application management has to be done in the right way. Implementing cloud based virtualization concepts allows businesses to secure their networks. By using a powerful hypervisor, you can enjoy quick application delivery across multiple platforms and devices.

2X Software offers highly efficient remote desktop solutions that augment the BYOD concept. While the implementation of a BYOD environment improves employee productivity levels, 2X Remote Application Server provides a simple, secure and scalable solution for your business needs. The 2X Client for RDP/Remote Desktop is available for Windows, Linux, Mac as well as iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Download 2X Remote Application Server to experience the full power of BYOD.

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