Gitex Review 2012

Cloud and big data were the big talking points during GITEX Technology Week 2012. Leading UAE and global companies discuss those trends

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Gitex Review 2012
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 18, 2012

Cloud and big data were the big talking points during GITEX Technology Week 2012. Leading UAE and global companies discuss those trends.

BYOD is not a new problem

Florian Malecki, head of product marketing at Dell SonicWALL, says that enterprises need to be prepared to allow employees to use their toys.

Ilike to be a bit controversial over the growing BYOD trend. If you listen to the analysts; IDC, Gartner, Forrester; they are all predicting that the number of smartphones being sold by 2014-2015 will outgrow the number of laptops being sold.

We all say that the employees want to use their own device, but if you look at what they want to use, it is either a tablet or a smartphone, so companies and IT managers have to accommodate all users needs.

We did a survey and we looked at what devices our customers are supporting or are open to support, and there is no clear winner. If you look at it from a device point of view, there are people who want to use tablets (about 60%), people who want to use smartphones and people who want to use laptops.

The BYOD trend is also not a new challenge, because ten years ago if your company gave you a laptop and you wanted to use your Mac and your company would allow you to use it, that was BYOD. However, what makes it more fashionable now is smartphones and tablets. What we see from large Western European organisations is that people want to use a toy and to be honest they do not really care if it is a corporate managed tablet or smartphone, or whether it is their own.

What large organisations are doing, and what makes sense for a cost and security point of view, is they are providing tablets and smartphones for their employees. First of all they can obviously get a better price as they are buying in bulk; secondly it makes sense from an IT security point of view, because that tablet or smartphone is becoming a managed device, IT can actually install security solutions onto the device and manage it to make sure that it has the latest patch and antivirus solutions.

These solutions can also include mobile device management, which allows companies to segregate corporate and personal data and gives the organisation the ability to remotely wipe the device if it gets stolen or lost, which happens all the time.

With BYOD, if you look at what applications users want to use, it is mainly emails and maybe one or two web-based applications, but that is it. Trying to prepare a presentation on a tablet or smartphone it is almost impossible, you would use a laptop anyway or a desktop for that.

The problem is that BYOD does not only apply to enterprise, but then you have the SMB market which may not be as IT literate as an enterprise organisation because they may only have one or two IT guys.

How to start
A good way to start BYOD and try to minimise risks is by using an SSL VPN gateway. The beauty of an SSL VPN gateway is that you are able to identify the user and the user profile as well as identifying the device and setting up a profile for the device. You could have a profile that is a managed device or a personal device, but registered within the corporate ID system. Any organisation whether an SMB or enterprise, if they don’t really know where to start the BYOD journey, if they start looking at implementing an SSL VPN solution like the Dell SonicWALL solution then they probably meet 90% of employees requirements when it comes to BYOD.

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