Dell World: BYOD is about management of about data not devices

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The focus of a proper 'bring your own' policy should be on security should be of applications and not of devices.

The focus of a proper 'bring your own' policy should be on security should be of applications and not of devices.

Speaking at a roundtable on 'BYOX', at the Dell World conference in Austin, Texas, a panel of speakers from Dell's recently acquired software companies said that with the 'millennials' are now university graduates looking for jobs, these are people who have had the internet for their entire lives.

Roger Bjork, director of marketing mobility solutions, said: “Now we are recruiting and retaining the best and brightest, it is about how businesses harness this with the willingness to work and improve quality of experience.”

Ken Drachnik, director of marketing for Dell Kace, echoing recent comments made to SC Magazine by MobileIron CEO Bob Tinker, said that mobile management is not about hardware; but about the operating system and security policies.

“There are three ways to do this: the first way is virtualisation to keep the power in cloud but use the device as a rendering device, as you do not want to store data on device. Mobile device management (MDM) is about 'mobile management' and application management is about setting policies on accessing data and how it is encrypted,” he said.

“The second option is with a virtual cloud about storing data in a platform, where data remains on the cloud. The final option is end-client management.”

Rami Koren, product marketing for Dell Client Wise, said that there is also a pull for the use of personal applications and it was looking at ways to 'bring your own application and your own content'.

He said: “The analogy of BYOD is that you want service and application access. The next level of BYOX is the personal cloud. So if you can address policies at the access and device level, Quest will bring identity and access management (IAM) components to the picture.”

SonicWall's Patrick Sweeney, who were also acquired by Dell this year, said that Dell is not about putting the 'D' in BYOD, but it was more about what data was on the device and what is going on with connections and where the data goes to.

“It is about X - information. If you want to control information and if allocate it out, great, and if want to get zeros and ones out, want to control and distribute it but protect it. BYOD is about information and security solutions: I wish I could say there was a God box to solve this solution, but there isn't, but we bring cloud-based solutions for content or manage devices to a degree for information on them,” he said.

“If the user uses a client that cripples them, then that is the doom scenario. But if you use a solution that simply allows you to consume data through a thin client, then there will be rapid adoption. It is about enablement and corporate cost.

“We want to offer a single pane of glass and our strategy is to see the network and get an understanding of it, with different segments. We will bring more and more information to single pane of glass and that is our evolution for the future, we will have best class product in a silo but shouldn't act a silo.”


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