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April 2013, Volume 2, Number 4

Consequences of consumerization on back-end infrastructure

As the consumerization of IT takes hold, it will also have ramifications for back-end infrastructure. More users will want to access corporate systems from their smartphones and tablets, outside the firewall, and share data with colleagues in more collaborative ways—something that legacy back-end infrastructure and server-based applications aren’t set up to do particularly well. THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING DESKTOP Part 1: Employee mobility: A leap of faith for IT admins Part 2: Mobility won't kill the Microsoft Windows operating system Part 3: Consequences of consumerization on back-end infrastructure Part 4: Microsoft, PC manufacturers share the blame for the desktop downturn For example, the traditional enterprise data store, the network file share, typically requires virtual private network access from a machine that can read the Windows file system. To share a file, a remote user would have to log on to the corporate network from an approved device, save the file locally and email it. Traditional server-based collaboration ...

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