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Cloud could be best answer for MDM

With companies looking for reliable mobile device management solutions to protect the iPhones, iPads, Androids and other devices connected to their networks, the cloud could be the answer to a more simplified process for IT departments.

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Cloud could be best answer for MDM

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With companies looking for reliable mobile device management solutions to protect the iPhones, iPads, Androids and other devices connected to their networks, the cloud could be the answer to a more simplified process for IT departments.

As InformationWeek recently put it, if cloud computing was marketed as a medicine, it would be a miracle drug that has healing powers without any side effects. Recent data from Microsoft could encourage companies to explore the cloud in order to save money and bring simplicity to the workplace.

Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Division recently studied hundreds of businesses, including some that use cloud computing and some that don't, stretching from the United States to India, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. The organizations in the United States that were surveyed, which consisted of 93 that used cloud-based computing and 94 that didn't, revealed small businesses that rely on cloud services felt three to five times better about IT costs, value and security compared with those that don't use the cloud.

Respondents who use cloud-based software reported spending 32 percent less time managing security than those who don't use cloud services.

"The security benefits of the cloud are there to see," said Adrienne Hall, general manager of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group, in a blog post.

Thomas Castleberry, chief operating officer of SkyWire Media, recently said in an email quoted by InformationWeek that his company had previously used a variety of Windows update services, which required obtaining software, removing unwarranted software and creating a reliable communications platform, but switched to the cloud.

"We were additionally able to repurpose the hardware (or eliminate it all together), and reassign an IT person to other internal development projects, decreasing the need to hire an additional staff member, and reducing our overall IT overhead while improving our ability to service our internal customers," Castleberry said.

The company was able to save more than $900,000 in equipment and personnel costs, which enabled the company to spend money elsewhere.

Cloud computing allows users to place their PC and all of their mobile devices in sync at all times. Users are able to access personal data at any given moment and share data with friends, family or coworkers in an instant on a secure network. Mobile device management run as a cloud service therefore can leverage the flexibility and security of the technology, keeping data off-site and off devices, but easily accessible to workers on the go.

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