According to a recent Gartner article the lines are becoming increasingly blurred for network managers, as BYOD is embraced by staff, customers and suppliers. Customers and suppliers are looking to connect to business applications on the network, while staff are using BYOD to access business applications and access recreational apps.
It is understandable that a network manager’s life is not made easier by BYOD. Many questions are immediately raised:
How many BYOD devices are running on the network?
- Are these devices secure?
- What applications are being accessed on BYOD devices?
- What's the impact on the applications and on network performance?
- How are recreational apps affecting human productivity?
- How can the activity of users on these devices be managed and controlled?
Gartner highlights the fact that this trend is not going away and it is likely to increase. That will mean network managers will have to adapt and develop tools that make BYOD management simple. Securing and identifying devices is the first step. Network visibility of these devices, and the ability to control applications (traffic shaping) on these devices will be fundamental to ensuring business application performance in the increasingly congested world of BYOD.