April 17, 2014 | Written by: Julio Madeira
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If you could travel back in time to five years ago and perform a scan or a discovery in your network, what kinds of devices would you see? You would probably find desktops, notebooks, a couple of servers and some routers. But what about now?
Well, by performing the same action today you would probably find a very different scenario. You are going to see a lot more devices in your network! You are going to see much more than servers and desktops. You’ll also see smartphones, tablets, appliances, refrigerators, smart TVs, iWatches and other personally owned devices.
What does this mean? It means that asset management has changed a lot because of cloud. It also means the complexity of it has increased significantly over the past few years.
Some companies are adopting the bring your own device (BYOD) culture, allowing employees to use their personal devices over the company’s network. In this scenario, you might have a mix of company-owned and personally-owned devices connected in the same network. How can you guarantee they are all being managed correctly?
IBM has a very good solution for this scenario. With MaaS360 by Fiberlink, an IBM company, you can ensure that both kinds of devices (corporate and personal) are secured and properly managed. You can even securely and remotely erase your data in the case of a stolen device.
You can also use MaaS360 along with IBM SmartCloud Control Desk and IBM SmartCloud Monitoring to keep track of what you have in your network and, more important, how your network is being used. For example, did you have any bottlenecks with so many connected devices.
These solutions are going to help you to manage all this complexity by accelerating the decision-making process and reducing the total cost of ownership of your environment. With IBM SmartCloud solutions, you will have at your fingertips total control of your environment and devices over the cloud.
If you want to learn more about how cloud is changing the way you manage your assets, I recommend visiting our IBM Service Engage website where you can look at demos, screenshots, tutorials and reviews from other customers and request instant access to an online trial of our products.
What do you think is changing in your business because of cloud? Let me know your thoughts! Leave your comments and catch me on Twitter @jcrmadeira.