Putting IT Back Together

Michael Vizard
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Occupy the Cloud! Five Trends That Show There's No Need to Wait

Five trends indicate there's no need to protest moving mission-critical data into the cloud.

One of the biggest problems with enterprise IT today is that there are so many different forms of it. On one end of the spectrum there is cloud computing, while on the other, IT professionals are talking about mobile computing as if it were something completely different. It is little wonder, then, that the management of enterprise IT is so fractured.

Following its acquisition this week of Trellia, a provider of cloud-based mobile infrastructure management tools, Wyse Technology, known best for thin clients, is laying out an ambitious plan to reunify enterprise IT.

According to Jeff McNaught, chief marketing and strategy officer for Wyse Technology, in the coming year the company will not only outline a strategy that combines Trellia with existing Wyse cloud computing technologies, but it also provides IT organizations with a way to securely manage the document files being accessed in the cloud by any class of device.

McNaught says that a lot of that capability will leverage investments in virtualization technologies that Wyse currently uses in offerings such as PocketCloud, so it's not quite as far a stretch to envision Wyse competing with Box.net, DropBox and a host of others in the content/document/data management and collaboration space. In fact, Wyse already has over two million users of PocketCloud.

The consumerization of IT, says McNaught, is what is driving all this convergence. IT organizations are looking for a more effective way to manage how IT services are delivered without having to stitch together a patchwork of different products and services.

Wyse is not the only company eyeing this trend, so it will be interesting to see how the convergence of mobile and cloud computing changes the way IT is managed in 2012. In the meantime, IT organizations may want to exercise a little more patience and restraint in order to let that convergence play out before making any major decisions about how to best go about regaining control of enterprise IT.

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