Gone are the days when the office desktop and office laptop were kept separate form personal devices; and administrators did not have to worry about employees using the work network for personal applications and data. Today, employees prefer to create a personal Cloud, and use all kinds of devices to access both – personal and business data, or applications from wherever they are from within the personal Cloud. Administrators have to think of ways and means of keeping the business data and applications isolated from personal data and to ensure that business data is frequently backed up into business data storage repositories from the personal Clouds maintained by employees.
In other words, consumerization of IT has shifted the market towards adoption of new workspace technologies and services. It has changed the way employees interact with each other and with the organization, and this has forced organization change the way they work. The shift cannot be ignored. It must be adopted. Functional requirements must be explored. Mobility must be accepted. High touch policies must be discarded for “no touch” policies. Technology must be permitted to change business processes. Service delivery must be given priority at all times.
There is really no doubt that virtualization and the Cloud can deliver real value to the enterprise. Virtualization abstracts applications and data from the underlying infrastructure and makes the organization more agile. The enterprise workspace of the future will embrace both the desktop and the mobile. Users will be permitted to do away with gaps that divide the “personal Cloud” from the “enterprise Cloud”. Cost of management will reduce and centralization of management will ensure secure, optimized end-to-end delivery of applications and data to every user on the network.
Flexibility will lead to greater productivity. Data security will be optimized as local storage of data becomes unnecessary and loss of a device will not result in the compromise of enterprise confidentiality or intellectual property as encryption and possibility of data lock and wipe technologies will guarantee inaccessibility. Business continuity systems that slide into place will facilitate any time anywhere recovery of the business. Support is simplified and always available.
It is expected that more and more organizations will move their business processes to the Cloud. The “Cloud” provides a coherent view of the links between the application, infrastructure and the workspace, and permits centralization of administration with a greater focus on end user needs and devices. The administrator will experience greater control over the network.