BYOS Takes BYOD to a New Level


We’re all familiar with BYOD, but what about BYOS? BYOD has been taken to another level with Bring Your Own Storage (BYOS) also known as Bring Your Own Application (BYOA).

BYOD technology has grown and is continuing to revolutionize the way we work in a modern business environment. BYOD first hit the ground becoming a large trend amongst large corporates strategically looking at the way employees use and work on computers within the workplace. Employees now have their own personal storage cloud allowing them to access their work and data from any device anywhere in the world—changing the way organizations work. Employees can now work from any location around the globe which brings benefits to the company, such as optimizing talent sets and allowing organizations to “cherry pick” its employees from anywhere in the world.

The demands of business have become far more advanced than one could have predicted 10 years ago. Storage systems have developed over the past decade, such as new developments with cloud, drive mapping, peer sharing, team collaborations, and version control.

EMC, the network storage specialist, developed an innovative and unique approach to cloud storage options, called Syncplicity. Syncplicity offers companies the option to use the innovative, cloud-based service while providing data storage in-house. The whole concept that EMC developed could be debated as the current trendsetter completing the whole BYOD and BYOS collaboration; therefore, making way for a new future of the virtual office. This technology is ground-breaking in terms of allowing organizations to provide users the convenience of a cloud-hosted, file-sharing service through which they can share files with anyone both inside and outside the firewall protection.

VMware is developing BYOS even further. VMware unveiled its Version 5.1 of VMware View, a point release of the VDI platform that promises to lighten the load on shared storage through smarter caching. VMware View 5.1 broadens support for peripherals through a new USB stack and includes updated clients for Mac, Windows, and Linux desktops for thin and zero clients as well as the iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire tablets.

VMware also has injected more security and compliance features into View than EMC. Admins can centrally enforce endpoint security and policy configuration and streamline antivirus processes. Additionally, View 5.1 integrates with RADIUS two-factor authentication, giving organizations an extra layer of security that provides advances over EMC’s technology.

Adding to these enhancements, VMware launched VMware vCenter Operations for VMware View: Cloud Infrastructure Insight. This add-on for View is designed to give admins in VMware vSphere shops a broader insight into desktop performance and the ability to troubleshoot problems and optimize resource utilization from within vSphere’s vCenter console. Such an advanced technology enables customers to have further IT operations, no matter where their staff may be working in the world.

Businesses that want to offer the most the best technological resources to its staff should embrace this change, as OEM’s continue developing BYOS cloud offerings. Moving forward in a contemporary business world means we could possibly see many more virtual workers being based in several different international locations. With the advancements in BYOD and BYOS, proactive companies will embrace the collaboration of these two emerging technologies.

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