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The answer to the BYOD question is Virtualization.

Oct 31, 2011, 12:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Hess)

[ Thanks to Ken Hess for this link. ]

"I bash VDI a lot but it has its place. And, its place is the new data center-centric computing environment. For better security, businesses will seek to remove the operating system and its data from the end user's control. That's a good move. Lost or stolen devices are but one argument on the for side of the VDI question. If you lose your laptop, the entire contents of your hard disk are only two screws away from compromise. A thief doesn't have to know your login name or password. He can remove the disk and attach it to another computer for instant access to everything on the disk: data, documents, email and your password file that you have on your desktop because you can't remember all those annoying passwords that keep changing.

"Once you think about that, all those anti-Cloud rants seem silly, don't they. If your operating system resides in a data center and your data in the Cloud, what's on your stolen laptop? It could be a minimal Linux system that connects you to your workspace via a VPN. No data. No documents. No password file."

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