The bring your own device (BYOD) wave is revolutionizing the enterprise IT world, demanding a much awaited modernization of data center strategy. This paradigm is here to stay, and CIO’s and CTO’s will have to gear up to handle the pitfalls, challenges, and opportunities that come with this strategy.

Impact of BYOD on Your Data Center StrategyAccording to a recent Gartner survey of IT enterprises across the world, seventy percent of respondents have, or are planning to have, a BYOD policy in the next twelve months. What is also astonishing to note is that one third of the businesses already have policies for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. How does this change the data center decisions and policies?

For one, the security threats increase exponentially when people start bringing their own devices and connecting them to the enterprise network. Data center security policies will need to be reworked so as to authorize access for mobile and remote computing, while protecting corporate data from external access.

What also changes the data center landscape is the ability of the data center personnel to support a multitude of devices that are outside of their traditional controlled technology stack. As per the Gartner survey, 32 percent of enterprises surveyed provide support for personal smart phones, 37 percent for tablets, and 44 percent for laptops.

If your organization is also hit by the BYOD culture and if you are looking for the best ways to support and integrate your current infrastructure and IT teams with BYOD, it’s time to talk to the experts at for the easiest ways to adopt BYOD into your data center strategy.

Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.