Cloud computing and BYOD making it more difficult for IT staff to gain visibility

Cloud computing and BYOD making it more difficult for IT staff to gain visibility

The rise of cloud computing and bring your own device strategies has been the subject of praise for a lot of businesses, many of which have become acutely aware of the benefits that arrive with such technology, including greater collaboration.

Plenty of firms claim to have saved money and improved the overall level of happiness among workers, but IT staff have often expressed concerns about the impact such strategies are having on the overall security and functionality of the network.

According to a survey by Network Instruments, the latest issue to be expressed by IT managers is the fact that it reduces their visibility into the network.

This is a problem due to the fact that reduced visibility makes it harder for staff to manage and more importantly, secure vital information.

Network Instruments' Sixth Annual State of the Network Global Study found that many organisations believe BYOD technology is the most difficult to monitor, and that the demand for bandwidth will continue to spike as these new services and technologies are brought in.

It also found that those who have expressed concerns with the cloud and BYOD are in fact aware of the benefits of approaches.

Indeed it does not seem to have affected the adoption, with 70 per cent of respondents to last year's survey claiming that their organisation had implemented cloud technology.

This year's figures showed that many organisations expect half of their applications, including email, to be hosted by the cloud in the next 12 months.

But they are not the only technologies to have been subjected to concerns over securing sensitive data, as there have also been worriesover the use of unified communications (UC).

For many companies, UC is moving beyond VoIP, and is starting to include video conferencing, and instant messaging. The latter area grew by more than 35 per cent over the last four years, spreading to almost half of all organisations.

And according to Charles Thompson, director of product strategy at Network Instruments, such a change is worrying IT managers, who feel that it will be simply too difficult to keep up with the bandwidth used by such programs.

The findings arguably show that there is a need for an effective mobile device management strategy within any business that chooses to implement such approaches.