As more businesses adopt mobility strategies, as well as BYOD and other initiatives revolving around mobile devices, they meet challenges regarding data access, security and more. In addition, companies are looking at bandwidth and backup issues as well as potential barriers to mobile success.
According to CRN, as businesses adopt mobile devices both in the office and through mobile workforce initiatives, their need for bandwidth is changing. With more devices accessing networks, and more data moving across the company infrastructure, businesses may need to change some habits to keep the solutions viable without paying more for their internet or upgrading network equipment.
One major way they can reduce bandwidth consumption is to relegate automated processes, such as backup, to periods of lower traffic on the network, such as nighttime. This can help reduce bandwidth consumption during the day without affecting workflow. Other solutions include port blocking, limiting employee access to only work related usage by blocking other websites over the network and more. These solutions will encourage employees to not misuse company bandwidth for personal use, and keep them productive as well.
However, backing up data in general can become an issue when mobile devices become commonplace in the office. For a business, BYOD spreads data across the company in an unstructured way and increases the difficulty of managing it and backing it up. To overcome this, companies need a solution to keep track of all of their data, and establish a clear platform for disaster recovery efforts without bottlenecking the flow of data.
For some companies the best way to accomplish may be by not allowing the spread of data in the first place. Rather than limiting BYOD or mobility opportunities, businesses can invest in RDP-based access to keep data and enterprise applications hosted on company servers yet readily accessible, so that rather than download it to their device, employees utilize it remotely through their device. This keeps data in a central, easy to manage and secure location without limiting productivity through mobile initiatives. It also facilitates simplified data backup needs. By using an RDP client rather than download data, employee use of personal devices won't risk data loss should the smartphone or tablet be lost or stolen either.
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