As BYOD devices are not inventoried or issued by companies, many IT departments have no idea how many devices are on their network, what applications they are using or how much bandwidth they are consuming.
Here are three ways which businesses can control the impact of these devices on the enterprise network:
- Visibility: Real-time view of all application and Web content on the corporate network provides visibility into BYOD-driven traffic
- Control: QoS policies to limit BYOD downstream and upstream traffic to a manageable portion of network capacity
- Optimisation/Acceleration: Protocol optimisation along with object caching of OS or app downloads or on-demand rich content reduces the impact of BYOD
There is no one-size-fits-all strategy. With effective traffic management tools, IT operations will not be just going along for the ride with BYOD.
Jon Andresen is vice president of Marketing APAC, Blue Coat.
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