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Offices employing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach are on the rise. Companies can cut down on the cost of providing laptops and mobile devices by just making the personal devices of employees work-friendly, allowing access to company networks and information remotely. Employees gain greater flexibility with how and where they work. Here are a few benefits and concerns regarding BYOD policies.
Saving Money on Devices and Hardware
Employees may prefer to use their personal devices for familiarity and ease of use. A pro for companies is the cost savings that come with not purchasing numerous devices and other equipment like laptops and tablets. Your more tech-savvy workers who frequently purchase the latest smartphone and tablet technologies won’t feel like they’re held back by office distributed devices they might consider out-of-date.
The most obvious benefit a BYOD approach is increased flexibility, for both employee and employer. When employees can perform company tasks remotely, their overall productivity can improve. This flexibility also tends to yield greater job satisfaction (and better work/life balance), as workers feel less tied to their desks.

BYOD CONCERNS (When You Need Professional IT Services)

Offices have sensitive information that requires protection, such as financial information, HR records, confidential legal documents, and client lists. An employee working remotely might compromise this data by carelessly using an unsecured network or participating in file sharing networks. A professional IT Service Provider can help keep your data safe.
Device Loss
When an employee loses a device containing company information (which could be sensitive), this poses a security risk for the company — particularly if the device is stolen). It is important that all devices, company or employee owned, that house your companies information, must be kept safe. This is entirely possible by adding such security measures with fingerprint access and regularly updated passcodes.
Employee Privacy Issues
Companies want to monitor data on devices so that security issues do not arise. Employees want to use their own devices without feeling like they’re being monitored. They may not trust employers with access to their personal data and correspondences (pictures, texts, etc), worrying that personal information will be used against them.
Get your Legal Ducks in a Row
If you do go with a BYOD approach at the office, just make sure you have a sound BYOD policy. Ensure that your employees are well-informed about privacy issues and the security of company information. Be sure and review the latest in legal issues surrounding BYOD, security and privacy.

Green Cloud and Accordant to Provide 2000 Virtual Desktops to ESA


Green Cloud and Accordant to Provide 2000 Virtual Desktops to ESA

Greenville, SC – August DD, 2014 –Green Cloud Technologies, a Cloud technology solutions provider, and Accordant Technology Inc., a managed service provider and partner, announced a new five-year technology services agreement to implement private cloud infrastructure for Educational Services of America (ESA), one of the nation’s leading providers of behavior therapy and special education programs for children and young adults.

The partnership supports ESA’s strategy to drive development of new programs with private cloud infrastructure to support more than 2000 Citrix-based Windows desktops.

“For ESA, scalable infrastructure and information systems allow for efficiency in developing new programs, all of which are tailored to meet the needs of individual school districts and student populations,” said Tim Tyler, president of Accordant Technology Inc. “The partnership between Green Cloud and Accordant will provide ESA with full management of their environment as well as more flexibility at a competitive cost.”

ESA will move to Green Cloud’s new private cloud infrastructure. This latest solution suite is extremely flexible and scalable and fully customized and configured based on a customer’s needs. Options include native or high availability cluster hosting, starting as small as 96GIG/RAM and scaling to meet the size the enterprise demands.

In addition, they can be coupled with shared or dedicated storage, at the host or SAN level, with SATA, SAS or SSD. All Microsoft OS licenses can be included as well as SPLA products such as SQL or SharePoint.

“Today’s announcement is an example of how leading organizations are utilizing cloud technology to gain competitive advantage,” said Shay Houser, CEO of Green Cloud Technologies. “Clients today are looking for IT partners who can understand and help drive their business with a focus on innovation and support.”