It’s no secret that mobile device proliferation has been essential in enabling businesses to become more efficient, productive, cost effective and responsive. But while mobile devices have generated many benefits for corporations, they have also ushered in unprecedented security threats, and a range of device management challenges.
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The multi-device mobility challenge
IT professionals are continuously struggling to manage multiple devices from multiple locations. Recent research from Toshiba shows that 84 percent of senior European IT decision makers believe unauthorised IT system use to be endemic within their businesses – highlighting the severity of this problem. Further still, research conducted by Ovum’s European Mobility Management Gap report found 61 percent of European business leaders still feel they are making little or no progress towards building a secure mobile workforce.
Efforts to tackle these challenges in the past have involved IT managers turning to thin client solutions, which make for an attractive proposition because they’re generally easy to install. They also offer a simple application process and improved security. However, when it comes to remote working, the limited nature of thin client solutions in terms of both portability and security is causing businesses to explore different alternatives.
The rise of zero clients
This shift has given rise to zero client solutions. While similar to thin clients in their reliance on a central, purpose-built server that hosts the operating system and applications, zero clients differ in the fact that the operating system can be extracted from the individual device. For businesses, this eradicates the need to store information on the individual device’s HDD or SSD, instead bringing all functionality and data into the cloud through a secure virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). With no data stored on the device, company data is considerably less vulnerable, and any threat involved should a laptop be lost or stolen is eliminated.
The other key benefit of zero clients is the cost element, and the savings they provide, with minimal management required once integrated into the IT infrastructure and updates automatically rolling-out via the server. Equally, with no information held on the client, hardware is faster, more efficient and more durable – removing the costly and time-intensive need to regularly upgrade to new devices.
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The future of mobile business
Bringing together the enhanced security that zero clients provide with the ability to work unhindered no matter where, Toshiba has pioneered a Mobile Zero Client solution – helping to overcome the desk-based nature of more traditional zero clients in this age of mobile working.
Such technology offers the perfect blend of flexibility, mobility and security, working in tandem with the latest business-built mobile devices to offer the power and connectivity tools for workers to perform at full capacity whether in the office, on the train, or at home. And with all data still stored away from the device, businesses will have full peace of mind that the security threat, should a device be lost or stolen, is minimal.
With a growing demand for zero clients, enhancing the mobile functionality of such solutions is the next significant innovation and promises to truly bring businesses into an era of fluid, flexible and secure working in any location.