BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 11-07-2012

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

By the end of 2012, more than 1 billion BYOD devices are projected to ship worldwide, leaving CIOs with an endless supply of products to contend with in the office.

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Corporate networks will get hit hard. Blue Coat says that over a two-week period, a single employee using an iPhone and iPad will consume 53GB of bandwidth traffic on the corporate network.

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

When all employees are running BYOD-friendly devices, companies can incur wasted bandwidth costs of $300,000 to $600,000 per year.

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

If an employee uses a single BYOD product, CIOs can expect at least 10GB of extra traffic to hit their corporate networks.

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Between 30 and 60 percent of the bandwidth is consumed by the use of personal apps running on smartphones and tablets and downloaded from app marketplaces.

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

BYOD smartphones and tablets are consuming massive amounts of data through automatic app updates, backups to cloud services and basic Web traffic.

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The impact such activity can have is shocking: A T-1 line "can be completely consumed by three live video streams of medium quality" to BYOD products, Blue Coat reports.

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

CIOs can calculate lost revenue by determining their firm's cost of downtime and multiplying that by the number of minutes of downtime and the percentage of network capacity issues attributed to BYOD.

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Issues that can result from BYOD products hammering networks could force CIOs to hire more staff and handle more issues at the help desk, reducing IT's cost-effectiveness.

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

What will it take to fix this problem? CIOs should segment traffic and give priority to services that have the most business value.

BYOD: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly