For most businesses, supporting bring your own device (BYOD) is not a new concept, nor is it something they can afford to avoid anymore.
According to a recent study by Tech Pro, 74% of businesses that were surveyed either already allowed BYOD or planned to within the next 12 months.
BYOD brings increased flexibility, productivity, and collaboration, as well as lower costs from not having to provide devices.
Now before you can open the flood gates and let the devices to start pouring in, you have to make sure you have the right system in place to effectively support your new BYOD strategy.
Whether you’re starting from scratch or trying to maximize your current system, here are 4 must-have components that every successful BYOD solution needs to have.
Network Access Control
One of the main challenges with bring your own device is visibility, in this case knowing the “who, what, where, when and how” about the users connecting to your wireless network.
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The number of connected devices that comes with supporting BYOD increases on a continual basis, however, you can plan on supporting at least 3 devices per user in a corporate setting and no less than 3-5 devices per user in both healthcare and education environments.
Layer 7 Visibility
The success of your wireless network is built on a foundation of next-generation security. What this means is having the ability to see what’s happening on your network in real-time.
It’s critical that you can see applications like Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, and Spotify and that you can shut down any strange or suspicious activity instantly.
Traditional port based security solutions aren’t going to cut it in today’s fast-paced mobile environments.
Wi-Fi Performance Management
Also known as UPM or unified performance management, having a wifi performance management solution in place that combines tools like bandwidth shaping (traffic shaping), WAN optimization tools, and caching will allow you maximize your wireless network’s performance to deliver the optimal experience to your users.
This also will allow you to prioritize mission-critical applications and processes over non-critical applications, ensuring that they aren’t slowed or hampered by the influx of personal devices onto your network.
The last thing you want is someone watching Netflix getting in the way of someone else trying to send out an email message.
Bring your own device continues to grow in acceptance and in popularity among businesses and organizations of all types and sizes. The challenge is making sure your wireless network is ready to properly support it.
If you have any questions about supporting BYOD or questions about your current BYOD solution, please contact us here, we’d love to see how we can help.