Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 04, 2013
If one thing is certain around BYOD, it’s that there are still many questions to be answered as organizations charge forward in the face of significant complexity and confusion. However, according to a new report from Exinda, there are important tactics network managers can employ today to better control the impact of BYOD.
Exinda is a leading global supplier of WAN Optimization and Network Control solutions, with more than 2,500 customers spanning industries such as education, manufacturing, retail and government. BYOD is a concern for many organizations, both from the perspective of type and volume of devices but also because of the myriad applications that are being accessed over them.
BYOD complicates how companies manage bandwidth consumption, and assess and fix application performance issues. However, according to Exinda, there are the five ways organizations can better control the impact of BYOD on their networks:
1. Segment users and monitor access devices
Users today connect to corporate networks using multiple devices simultaneously, but with an unknown impact on the network. The first step for organizations is to refocus tracking of user activity and bring online tools, currently integrated with the corporate directory, to provide visibility of network activity by user, therefore incorporating each device the user connects with.
2. Build a BYOA policy to go with BYOD
While many organizations have a device policy in place, few have implemented well-constructed application policies which dictate the user productivity and social applications that can be used on the network and which, more importantly, will be supported by IT. The challenge for network managers is to define which personal applications will be supported, which should be controlled, and which should be prohibited altogether.
3. Publish a detailed BYOD expense policy
A critical step on the path to profitable BYOD adoption is a well-defined cost model and expense policy. Pragmatic network managers and CIOs should build a cost model that goes beyond devices and device support costs to include application, management and usage costs.
4. Perform a BYOD network readiness assessment
Many organizations are pushing forward with BYOD plans without first assessing the network’s ability to support it. This includes the fundamental network infrastructure and bandwidth as well as expertise on the IT team, support process readiness and management tool effectiveness in a BYOD environment.
5. Remodel the application SLAs for BYOD
As a network manager, the proof of success is the network application SLA. Above all else, the network’s ability to deliver a reliable, predictable user experience for critical applications regardless of time, network and device is the key to success or failure.
A full examination of the five BYOD tactics organizations can use today is available in the Exinda report: “5 Things You Can Do Today to Control BYOD.”
“As much as we may feel suffocated by BYOD analysis and discussion, two things are certain as we move through 2013,” said Brendan Reid, Vice President of Product Marketing at Exinda. “First, BYOD is here to stay, and secondly, if organizations are to adopt BYOD successfully and profitably, a number of vital steps, like those mentioned here, must be taken to ensure a full, cost-effective deployment.”
Exinda is a leading global supplier of WAN optimization and Network Control solutions. Exinda enables organizations to assure a predictable user experience for strategic business applications through policy-based WAN optimization and Network Control that intelligently allocate network bandwidth and optimize traffic based on the priorities of the business. The company has helped more than 2,500 organizations in over 80 countries worldwide assure application performance, improve the end-user experience, contain recreational applications and reduce network operating costs for the IT executive. For more information, please visit http://www.exinda.com.