Mobility on the Rise, as 70% of Organizations Plan to Increase Smartphone and Tablet Usage

Welcome to the Monday edition of the IP news roundup. Here are the latest headlines in mobility, cloud and more:

  • A Jabra and Frost & Sullivan survey revealed that organizations are placing more importance on mobility. The study of 302 organizations revealed that 70% plan to increase their smartphone and tablet usage, while 30% of workers currently use their personal phones for business. Due to these trends, Jabra advises that organizations deploy unified communications tools that allow employees to be more productive. You can find more highlights from the mobility study on the ARN blog.  
  • Follow these three steps to reduce mobility risks. When it comes to mobile security, the RCRWireless blog states, “The basic goals for creating mobile security in the face of the consumerization of IT shouldn’t be limited to just protecting the devices but should also involve securing accessible company data once it becomes local to the device.” The blog recommends three steps to enhance mobile security: mobile device management, supplemental security and emerging security measures. To learn about best practices for these steps, see the RCRWireless article.
  • Organizations trust the cloud for disaster recovery. A ShoreTel Sky article stated that an increasing number of organizations are turning to the cloud for disaster recovery, as “hosted services offer companies the ability to store resources off-premise and leverage advanced off-site resources that can improve an executive’s power to restore operations.” The article also cited research stating that 25% of cloud users can instantaneously recover resources that are hosted in the cloud, while 80% can recover them within 24 hours. For more information on the cloud and disaster recovery, see the ShoreTel Sky article.
  • The PCR blog ran an article on how to build a successful mobility strategy. According to the article, you should start by evaluating your endpoints and auditing your mobile device usage. Next steps involve working with your end users throughout the process and addressing security issues. For more mobility strategy steps, see the PCR article.
  • And finally … if you need more data storage, you might want to turn to DNA. A Computerworld article stated that researchers have found a way to transfer massive amounts of data to DNA and then decode the files without error. About one cup of DNA can store 100 million hours of high-definition video. This information can last tens of thousands of years. So, if future generations want to know what you had for lunch on any given day, they can decode the DNA and find your old Facebook status updates. For more information on this research, see the Computerworld article.

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