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Desktop virtualization is always an option, and some organizations are turning to Citrix Receiver or VMware View to handle their BYOD issues with iPhone and iPads. Robert Germain, vice president of engineering at Hub Technical Services, a South Easton, Mass.-based solution provider, is seeing some customers turn to Citrix while they wait for mobile virtualization products to arrive.
"When someone comes in with their iPad, they can download Citrix Receiver for free, and we give credentials to control it with Microsoft Active Directory, giving them access to corporate data," Germain said. "This approach is for companies that don’t want to manage the phones, just the access."
Desktop virtualization faces its own set of challenges, however, as many projects have been derailed by higher than expected infrastructure costs, technical complexity and a sluggish return on investment.
The promise of mobile virtualization has been bubbling up for years, but the mobile device boom is drawing more attention to the technology than ever before. Now it's up to vendors to bring products to market that solve the tough issues that BYOD poses to IT, without getting in the way of the productivity advantages of consumerization.
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