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VMware Project Octopus makes it easier to BYOD; Good for business?

 

VMware project octopusThe world of technology continues to evolve with the demand for better business solutions. Technological advancements, in IT especially, have become driven by capitalism as demand becomes greater for more streamlined and less expensive operational models. One on-trend new offering that aims to streamline business operations and promote collaboration among employees is VMware's Project Octopus. The "first viable Enterprise cloud file sharing application" promises to be the next big advancement for the modern business model in cloud computing, mobility, virtualization, and other key areas of IT impacting the way businesseses function today. Project Octopus boasts the ability to enable users to collaborate easier in a BYOD-focused market; many are calling it the start of a PC-free era in business.

Your Very Own Cloud

Project Octopus will allow end-users to be more productive than ever by conducting business in their own personal cloud. The personal cloud functions how you would think it does: users are able to connect all of their apps and data from anywhere and on any device, including a corporate Wyse client or a company-issued iPad, smartphone or Windows device.  

It will allow employees to work seamlessly from airports, coffee shops or from home with much more ease. However, this type of freedom will require IT departments to increase their ability to manage and govern important data shared both from within the company and externally. Ultimately, Project Octopus will offer employees the freedom they seek to work from anywhere and gives businesses the seamless cross-platform solution to support this.

Besides offering employees their own private cloud and increasing mobility, there are other advantages for businesses:

  • The ability to access any files securely, anywhere an employee is located. Companies will find that collaboration is easier because of their ability to share data fast and securely with coworkers.
  • Companies will have more control over data as they can govern access from multiple devices.
  • Companies can also integrate Project Octopus within existing infrastructures with little effort. It can be up and running quickly.

Security

This new tool will allow for greater productivity, and will provide an advantage in terms of mobility for any company. However, it will also create new security challenges for IT departments.

  1. Compliance - If your organization is charged with meeting any form of compliance standards, it is vital to ensure that use of Project Octopus is in accordance with the standards and processes your company currently has in place. Developing new processes to satisfy a compliance requires expertise in that area. It can often be helpful to outsource to an IT provider experienced in compliance to get IT policies and processes up to par.
  2. Security - A good way to start combating the many security risks of using a mobile platform to do business is by first making sure the data that is entering and leaving the device is secured. This can be done through email encryption, as well as through a managed security service. As it is always important to prevent data leaks whenever possible, ensuring data backup and security in the event of a disaster should be the next step.
  3. Physical Security - Employees come and go - it is a constant part of business. Create policies that outline the process for remotely wiping mobile devices should an employee leave, or lose their device. To ensure the secutiry of your business, Project Octopus comes equipped with remote management of mobile devices and networks.

Project Octopus may not be an ideal solution for all businesses. If you are seeking new ways to increase productivity using cloud computing, mobility, file sharing, virtualization, then Project Octopus could be the answer. Before you make a decision, learn more about mobile solutions and how to secure mobile devices.

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