With the likes of Apple, Microsoft and even Adobe settling on HTML 5 as 'the way forward' for cloud, specialists are also jumping in for similar reasons. By Ian Scales.
Network print specialist, Cortado, claims it's become the first 'cloud desktop' provider. At any rate it has announced an HTML 5 version of its secure Cortado Corporate server as a way of folding in personal technology users and giving them access to corporate documents, message sources and so on without security worries.
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The company's CEO, Carsten Mickeleit, told TelecomTV that one of the most telling effects of the burst in popularity of smartphones, tablets and laptops has been the consumerisation of IT. In other words, rather than agitate for and be given personal IT from their companies, these days users are much more likely to exercise consumer choice and buy the brand that best meets their needs and expresses their personalities. Phones, tablets and computers are now highly personal.
So companies don't really have much of a choice. Employees WILL buy and use their own technology and therefore companies are best off going with the flow and letting - perhaps even encouraging - them to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). As long as corporates can put the right security technology in place, all should work well.
Cortado Corporate Server already provides secure access to the corporate server for iPads, Androids or BlackBerry smartphones. The new HTML5 support completes the picture and enables HTML 5 browsers on both Macs and PCs to gain access. According to Carsten the key here is the increasing intelligence of the end-device which, along with HTML 5 support, means there's enough client horsepower available to set up and maintain secure connections all the while maintaining the richness of the user interface.
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