I recently obtained my CloudU certification. CloudU is an introductory cloud computing certification provided by Rackspace (a leading IaaS provider) and curated by NZ’s own Ben Kepes. The material and certification are described as “vendor neutral” and it does live up to that label. It is billed as being an introduction to the technical and business aspects of cloud computing and it also lives up to that.
In this weeks news from the Guardian Government Computing Network (a UK based news site) there was an article about some disappointing – from my point of view – guidance from the National Health Service (NHS) on tablet (specifically iPad) security. Unfortunately it appears that the actual guidance document itself is not freely available, so I’m having to rely on newspaper reporting. In an article entitled “NHS warns staff over tablet security risks” the guidance is reported as saying that tablets are:
- “inherently less secure than more traditional technology”
- “a high profile target for malware”
Which is an exaggeration of the facts. There is nothing inherently less secure about this technology. There are some significant issues with android devices and malware, but they are only as bad as the issues with malware for PCs. Indeed the lack of security comes from a lack of information, mechanisms and tools from enterprise IT to support and encourage secure use.
After looking at end user computing and desktops quite seriously for nearly a year now, I have come to a number of conclusions, but the single most important one is that one thing we can say for sure is that end user computing is no longer a case of one size fits all.
There are two aspects to this:
- A pull from the demand side – people are demanding different devices and experiences. They will no longer settle for the locked down standard operating environment for a desktop, or the single make and model of mobile phone; and if centralised IT won’t provide what they want, they will get it from elsewhere.
- A push from the supply side – we are seeing the technology that can deliver in a manageable fashion different models of end user devices and computing. In many cases this is the vendor and IT communities reacting to the demand side of the equation, but this reaction is reaching a level of maturity and sophistication that we can now meet that demand.
In short: the different members of an enterprise want different kinds of end user computing experiences, ones that suit their personalities and their role: they want tablets, they want individualised applications, personalisable desktops and the choice of their favourite smartphone. And IT now has the ability to deliver this in a manageable and secure fashion.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.