Of course, our ability to provide these compute and data services from within the enterprise is difficult. That's why I urge those facing the BYOD challenge to consider public cloud-based resources as an easy, effective, and (with good planning) secure way to provide enterprise data via mobile devices.
The trick is to let the cloud do what the cloud does best: providing service-level access to application and data services to any Internet-connected application or device that needs to access those services. With the cloud, you don't deal with the complexities of managing the back-end systems or worry about running out of capacity. Moreover, you're not concerned with devices accessing data via multiple networks. The cloud providers handle that for you, VPN or no VPN.
This shift won't be easy. You'll need to think and deal with a lot of things that are typically scary, such as moving data outside the firewall. However, with a bit of forethought and planning, you'll end up with a better business and better-protected employees. Also, you can finally get that iPad you've been seeking. After all, there are lots of cool IT tools for the iPad as well.
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