Mobile devices contributes to storage growth

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chargeback can alleviate these concerns

The ubiquitous mobile device is a godsend. Employees can work, communicate, and collaborate while on the go—our newfound mobility enhancing productivity while creating flexibility. The sales team can work from the road. Customer service reps can meet with customers in the field. Powerful productivity apps can be accessed on site. Working parents can maintain a healthy work-life balance without being tethered to the office.

However, mobility is a double-edged sword for the IT organization. Sure, administrators can monitor networks from afar and remotely control systems for regular maintenance, but the mountains of new data being created by users on mobile devices are contributing to the explosion of corporate data while adding complexity and costs to storage management efforts.

It may seem obvious, but mobile devices move! They are hard to track, they get lost or stolen easily, and they log in and out of wireless networks not under the purview of the IT team. Apps are notoriously insecure as data constantly moves from the devices to the corporate server, exposing systems and data up and down the stack while putting the business at risk.

But the real issue for the storage team is that storage environments are being overwhelmed as users of mobile devices increasingly evolve from data consumers to data creators. Email, mobile CRM, salesforce automation tools, and other in-house apps generate a lot of data that is stored on mobile devices, in the cloud, or on the corporate network. This data then needs to be managed, monitored, backed up, replicated to a disaster recovery site, and archived for future use. While it may be created outside the perimeter, it still needs to adhere to internal policies and regulatory compliance.

Chargeback can reallocate and help alleviate the costs associated with data growth due to mobility. Having business-level visibility into all the devices used by employees and the expenses associated with managing the additional data allows the IT organization to pass costs along to individual business units. This gives them a better understanding of the financial impact of their mobile computing policies.

Business-level visibility through an effective chargeback policy enables smarter storage decisions. Stakeholders will know the exact cost of storage as it supports mobile computing policies so they can effectively map out the most efficient way of conducting business. And, instead of a blanket line item under the IT department, the true costs of storage will be appropriated to the individual business units benefiting from the additional IT services and support.

Learn more about how chargeback can solve many common IT pain points.

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