If you are looking at a significant use of cloud computing, have you considered what this might mean for your network? Corporate networks are an often overlooked factor when thinking about cloud computing. The problem is that cloud computing increases the criticality of your network, because if your network isn’t available then your cloud services aren’t either.
This is the ninth post in my series on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). In my other posts I’ve focussed on understanding what BYOD is, and the non-technology issues that you need to factor in. Here I want to think about a key technology element that could easily be overlooked: your network. If you are going to allow people to use portable devices to access your organisation’s applications and data then you need to consider the network mechanisms for enabling this. After all without network connectivity, most tablets are just expensive paperweights!