Study shows surge in bring-your-own-device policies: News in brief

A Citrix study finds that a high percentage of IT organisations will formalise bring-your-own-device policies and begin to use desktop virtualisation in the coming years.

Citrix: Organisations to formalise personal device policies
The vast majority of IT organisations plan to create a formal bring-your-own-device policy, according to a study from Citrix Systems Inc.

Today, only 44% of organisations have such a policy, but survey results show that number will rise to 94% by 2013. The Citrix Bring-Your-Own Index also found that 62% of organisations have already invested or plan to invest in desktop virtualisation, and 80% of these organisations plan to take advantage of their desktop virtualisation investments to support the use of employee-owned devices in the workplace.

Survey respondents included IT professionals from the UK, United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, India and the Netherlands. The answers revealed that for now, laptops and smartphones are the most popular devices that employees bring to the workplace. But the popularity of tablet devices is anticipated to rise to 23% in two years, up from 8% today.

Citrix said organisations are investing in desktop virtualisation to address important challenges such as security and device management.

Peer 1 opens UK data centre with 1.1 PUE
Peer 1 Hosting, a colocation and managed hosting services provider, has collaborated with cooling technology company Excool to offer a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.1 to customers of its new data centre in Portsmouth.

Excool uses what is called indirect adiabatic cooling, which changes the pressure of air without adding or subtracting heat. Indoor air is cooled by indirectly transferring the heat to the outdoor air through a heat exchange system and low-energy fans.  On hot days, moisture is introduced to lower the temperature of the outdoor air stream.

Excool provides adiabatic cooling for less than 5% of the year and uses the natural cooling properties of outdoor air for the rest of the year to indirectly cool the air in the data centre.

 Peer 1 said its predicted 1.1 PUE rating is the lowest in the country.

Dell debuts OpenStack cloud product
Dell has launched a cloud infrastructure product based on OpenStack, the collaborative open source cloud platform.

The product, OpenStack Cloud Solution, comes with Dell’s PowerEdge C-series servers and its “crowbar” installer -- an open source tool that allows cloud users to manage and customise their OpenStack components on Dell’s servers. It also features Rackspace’s Cloud Builders, which provide training, certification and support to enterprises looking to manage OpenStack clouds.

The product is aimed to push the adoption of open source Infrastructure as a Service, Dell said.

Archana Venkatraman is the site editor for 



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