BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”), formerly BYOPC (“Bring your own PC”), is an evolving trend that IT departments are concerned with and Stratodesk NoTouch helps a lot in this field. But how do IT staff deal with users who want or must work on their own devices, be it because they have management support in using their non-corporate-IT-approved gadgets, or because they are freelancers, leased workers, contractors who are supposed to work on their own machines? An obvious answer is to use VDI: create a company-managed virtual desktop, and let it be displayed on the user-managed device.

Stratodesk NoTouch OS can be executed independent of the user’s Windows installation. Depending on your preference, two modes are available:

  • in a virtual machine on any machine and prepackaged distributions for Windows PCs and notebooks and Apple Mac OS X devices are available. This creates a consistent interface, an easy-to-see red line between user space and corporate space: users are just required to have the very base of their system working. Everything that is concerned with connecting to the corporate server or cloud desktop is inside the virtual machine, 100% managed by corporate IT, OS independent and equal across the Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac worlds.
  • booted from a USB pen drive without harming the user’s OS at all – the moment the USB pen drive is unplugged, the users can reboot into their private Windows installation

Both methods are technically equivalent and the central management is not better or worse with one or the other. It is your decision if you want your users to have private and work worlds side-by-side or if you would prefer to have your users reboot into the other world.

Consider a world without NoTouch, standardizing on say, the browser. This sounds easy and some VDI vendors are advertising it, but this falls short of essential things to consider: For instance, does your chosen VDI platform, be it Citrix, VMware Horizon View, a cloud-hosted provider support all browsers your users use? No, it doesn’t. Who is responsible when the user’s browser refuses to install a certain plugin? These things happen daily, keep IT busy and cost up. And it’s always IT that has to prove that it isn’t their fault, and even if IT can successfully prove that, what next? After all, the company wants that user to be able to work so it’s once more IT that has to fix a problem that isn’t there. In fact, this is one of the dangers of an unstructured approach to BYOD – it could throw back IT organization for years, back in the days when each Windows installation was a hand-crafted piece of art.

Using NoTouch however

  • creates a clear, easy to understand and easy to communicate boundary between user-responsible and corporate-responsible space
  • shifts the burden of proof away from IT departments and obsoletes the need for solving user’s own OS problems
  • dramatically lowers the technical entry bar
  • works equally well on both Windows PCs and laptops and Apple Macs
  • allows to easily integrate BYOD systems into corporate management space without compromising compliance and security

Try it yourself: NoTouch Free Trial – it comes with a VM preconfigured, and it can be put on a USB pen drive out of the box!