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Terminal servers can help companies benefit from BYOD

By Donna Donnawitz
April 30, 2012
The bring-your-own-device trend creates major risks for businesses of all sizes. As more employees get their job done using their personal smartphones and tablets, the traditional paradigms of IT management and security shift. However, companies that use the right supporting technologies, such as terminal server infrastructure, put themselves in a position to gain better control through BYOD, Datamation reported.

In a traditional IT environment, businesses tightly monitor and control end-user devices, keeping them within the corporate firewall and connecting them through LAN and WAN infrastructure. Even mobile devices are typically kept within IT's grasp through virtual private network systems. The report said a few emerging trends that are combining to enable BYOD are changing this methodology.

According to the news source, the BYOD movement may focus on smartphones and tablets, but the underlying technologies making it possible include web-based application delivery systems and service oriented IT. Essentially, businesses have been gradually moving from a system in which data and applications reside on end-user devices to a setup that keeps all of the data in servers and uses the network to deliver it to employees.

Few businesses have fully embraced this movement, the report said, because legacy software and specific requirements make it difficult. However, startups and other organizations that have the chance to build IT from the scratch can actually build infrastructure that is so free from the end-user device that the LAN is not even necessary. Companies can keep all of the important data in internal servers, and only use the web to deliver that data through secure portals. This allows IT even more control than it had when it was forced to carefully plan around desktop PCs, and could enable considerable innovation.

Terminal server infrastructure is one way to enable such growth, the news source explained. Combining terminal servers with thin clients, virtual desktop infrastructure and possibly even desktop PCs in the data center can enable the innovative approach to running enterprise IT.

BYOD is a fairly new movement, but it is growing fast. Allowing employees to use their own mobile devices for work, while clearly focused on smartphones and tablets, has a major impact on the underlying IT infrastructure. Businesses embracing BYOD need to consider the technology's impact on the data center and network infrastructure, making upgrades and changes to gain a strategic advantage.

Perle’s serial to Ethernet converters connect serial based equipment across an Ethernet network. The Perle IOLAN range of Console Servers, Device Servers and Terminal Servers feature built-in support for IPv6 along with a broad range of authentication methods and encryption technologies.


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