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The more mobile devices and apps there are, the greater the demand for cloud services. Enterprise mobility and cloud computing are inextricably interwoven.

As enterprises restructure against a background of globalisation, mobile flexible working, demographic change, relative decline in the developed economies and new opportunities offered in the emerging markets, the combination of enterprise mobility, cloud computing and business intelligence is set to radically improve operational effectiveness. The killer application for cloud computing is mobile computing: equally, the killer app for mobile computing is the cloud.

The more mobile devices and apps there are, the greater the demand for cloud services. Without cloud computing services, mobile devices offer limited capabilities. Enterprise mobility and cloud computing are inextricably interwoven. The combination of cloud computing, easy-to-build apps and collaboration are transforming the IT departments of many enterprises into being service providers for their organisations. For global enterprises the future is not about how technology works, but how best to apply it to increase productivity, innovation and agility.

However, enterprises providing employees with mobile access to corporate data need to consider new security challenges, as traditional ’behind the firewall’ security measures are no longer sufficient in a mobile environment. Many analysts highlight the fact that security concerns are the biggest obstacle holding back global enterprises from aggressively driving a cloud computing and enterprise mobility strategy.

Vodafone Global Enterprise has over 20 years of experience of mobile security management gained through its voice and data operations and understands the security processes needed to help enterprises with their mobility strategy.

For example, data held on a mobile device is potentially at risk if the device is lost or stolen. To solve this, Vodafone uses a combination of SIM authentication, data encryption and an application called Device Manager to ensure data and entry to the corporate network is fully protected if a device is lost or stolen. Similarly, Vodafone Global Enterprise offers protection against malware penetration by allowing IT managers to lock down the enterprise mobile estate to only accept approved applications.

As well as device management Vodafone Global Enterprise can offer private connections, keeping data away from the public internet. It also provides a range of secure remote access and encryption capabilities that allow corporate IT to administer user permissions across different networks.

Business continuity is also a key enterprise requirement and with many organisations using a Blackberry, the maintenance of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server is the vital link between corporate email, information systems and the BlackBerry smartphones themselves. If the BlackBerry Enterprise Server suffers an outage, it becomes the single point of failure in the link.

Vodafone Neverfail for BlackBerry is an enterprise-grade solution that protects and proactively monitors a BlackBerry enterprise environment. It ensures that users stay connected to their mobile email applications at all times, regardless of whether a failure or outage occurs in the operating system, hardware component, software application, or elsewhere within the network.

As virtualisation and the service-oriented architecture (SOA) permeate the enterprise, applications and services running on an agile, scalable infrastructure may make every enterprise a node in the cloud. One has only to look at the success of Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon to see how this trend is developing. For an enterprise, the key for successful cloud exploitation is secure and managed connectivity and Vodafone Global Enterprise is the ideal partner in achieving this. , Google and Amazon to see how this trend is developing. For an enterprise, the key for successful cloud exploitation is secure and managed connectivity and Vodafone Global Enterprise is the ideal partner in achieving this.