Cloud proving to be vital in mobile management

Cloud proving to be vital in mobile management

Mobile devices, whether it be smartphones or tablets, have become inextricably linked with our everyday lives, both in business and in wider society.

The flexibility that comes with mobile working has changed the way in which many organisations function and go about their business, with experts and advocates citing the subsequent positive impact on the morale and productivity of workers, no matter what their industry.

As a result of trends such as bring your own device (BYOD), there has been a plethora of new pieces of hardware entering the IT structures of various enterprises and organisations.

Yet as more companies become increasingly digital, the amount of sensitive information and data flying around on these systems has dramatically increased in recent years.

This situation has caused many a sleepless night for IT managers, many of whom are understandably anxious about malicious breaches and the potentially catastrophic financial consequences that could arise as a result.     

Those concerns are heightened by the fact that the very nature of the data security landscape means companies constantly have to adapt in order to ensure they are safe.

For flexibility, get to the cloud

Mobile device management (MDM) has therefore proved to be crucial, but its capabilities have undoubtedly been enhanced by the ongoing rise of cloud computing.

The cloud has become a popular platform for storing data and hosting enterprise applications, but it is also playing an increasingly key role in ensuring the effectiveness of MDM strategies.

There was previously a time when many MDM solutions relied on physical on-premise solutions, but these would often require a server that had to be backed up and maintained. Such a situation proved to be costly for a number of companies, both in time and resources. In addition, the MDM application would also largely depend on other areas that need to be managed, such as a Structured Query Language (SQL) database or network connectivity.

The level of flexibility for these solutions was always somewhat minimal, with every update needing to be carried out by members of staff,

But with a cloud-based solution, the running of these security services is largely left to third-party vendors, many of which are quick to push through any updates and apply their high level of expertise to ensuring that security is maintained to the highest possible level.

The cloud takes away the worry

It all means that companies can spend less time worrying about their data storage system and whether it can cope with the needs of the new devices that are bound to enter IT infrastructures for years to come.

It is obviously important for organisations to trust their providers and understand just how their data is separated from others in the cloud and so on.

The number of firms using the cloud to protect the links between desktops, laptops and mobiles will most likely increase over the coming years.
This rise is mainly aided by the fact that cloud-based security solutions are becoming increasing effective at interpreting and nullifying malware from around the world.

Its ability to keep up with the demands of the latest mobile releases means the cloud is now the strongest proposition for securing an organisation's mobile network.