Day: December 4, 2013

Why BYOD Only Works with Hosted VDIs

A majority of businesses now allow their employees to bring their personal laptops, smartphones, and tablets to the office, with which they’re permitted to access the company’s restricted networks, applications, and files.

One of the main benefits of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy is lower costs—it decreases or eliminates the need to purchase or maintain any onsite PC workstations or other computing devices.

Another benefit of BYOD is that it gives employees the opportunity to do their work on devices they’re comfortable with and already know how to use—which means that they won’t have to be trained to use their devices, will request IT support less frequently, and will potentially be happier and more productive.

A BYOD policy needs to be paired with IronOrbit Desktop Virtualization solutions in order to be successful, however.

The BYOD programs of businesses with onsite IT infrastructures or that sign up for hosted solutions from a company other than IronOrbit, in contrast, often fail to reduce costs; aren’t user-friendly; don’t encourage productivity; and aren’t sufficiently manageable, secure, or private.

One reason that this is the case is because the costs of setting up, supporting, and securing devices in a BYOD program are significant. Another reason that many BYOD policies not paired with IronOrbit Hosted Desktops fail is because many workers end up using their BYOD-associated personal devices to get around their company’s content filter.

An additional problem with BYOD is that it usually requires IT administrators to restrict, monitor, and impose changes on employees’ personal devices, actions that can end up reducing productivity and make employees feel as though their privacy has been encroached upon.

Why BYOD Programs of Businesses signing up for IronOrbit Desktop Virtualization will be more successful?

Hosted VDI

  • Our users retain their freedom-of-choice and privacy. IronOrbit Hosted Desktops can be accessed from anywhere with any Internet-connected device, including Windows and Mac OS laptops and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. In addition, we don’t monitor or put any restrictions on users’ actual devices.
  • Security and support services are included with our Hosted VDIs. All Ironorbit Hosted Desktops come with comprehensive security (firewalls, IDS/IPS, two-factor authentication, antivirus, and spam filter), 24x7x365 all-inclusive technical support, around-the-clock monitoring and maintenance, and complete daily backups.
  • Our Hosted Desktops have a built-in content filter. By default, our content filter prevents users from accessing inappropriate content or sites.
  • Our Hosted Desktops are cost-efficient. Even with the security and support services included, our Desktop Virtualization solutions cost only a low, flat monthly fee. In addition, keystrokes and mouse clicks are the only data being sent to our servers, and the streaming video that appears on users’ screen of their hosted desktop is the only data being sent back to users’ devices. As a result, the bandwidth costs associated with our Hosted Desktops are minimal.

Contact IronOrbit at or (888) 753-5060 to sign up for our BYOD-ready Desktop Hosting solutions or Hosted Applications today!