Bring Your Own Device

Bring Your Own Device or BYOD as it is often referred to, is a description of a trend whereby employees use their own smartphone and tablet devices to access corporate data. This presents interesting challenges for organizations who want to embrace the cost savings of users using their own device, but also want to ensure they still have “control”/ The SME File Fabric has built in support for controlling BYOD users of which an overview will be given in this Wiki section.

Applicable to:

  • SaaS hosted service
  • IaaS service
  • Enterprise on-premises Appliance

The Cloud Admin controls which devices and access clients that each user of the team can connect from. By default all devices and access clients are enabled.  

The Cloud admin can entirely disable a user or just choose to disable access from any of the devices/access clients from the users settings. Clicking the checkbox next to the appropriate device blocks access to that device for that user. This means that if a device is lost even if login details are saved login will be denied.

Blocked devices can easily be seen in the user summary.

We often get asked about 'Remote Wipe' which is basically a means of wiping a users device remotely. Given that the device belongs to the user this could cause issues but of course if the device is stolen or lost then it is understandable that companies may wish to ensure corporate data is removed.

Remote Wipe is device and vendor specific. The options for this are below:

  • iOS: Remote wipe can be handled at a device level. All this is needed is that iCloud is enabled and Find my iPhone (or iPad) is enabled.Remote wipe can then be executed from a web browser.
  • Android: If your user has Google Sync configured on an Android device with the Google Apps Device Policy app installed, you can use the Google Apps control panel to remotely wipe the device.
  • Windows Phone: For any Windows Phone 7 or 7.5 device, launch on a desktop or laptop PC and sign in. Then click My Phone. From here, you can locate the phone with GPS, erase all the data, lock the phone and display a message, or change your password.
  • BlackBerry: Research In Motion offers BlackBerry Protect, a free app that lets you find, lock, or wipe your BlackBerry from a remote location.

Note: Storage Made Easy Enterprise on-premises solution also supports other best of breed MDM solution such as Mobile Iron and the Oracle Mobility Solution.